TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.07.10
This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending July 10, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding inspections, safety, and training:
If you keep your truck in a perpetual state of good maintenance, you'll never fear a DOT inspection or safety check.
It is unfortunate that some trucking companies place a low priority on safety or truck maintenance.
One trucker's wife reported that his trucking company told him, "Go see what you can scrounge up" regarding the trucks they made available to drive.
There may be times when truckers simply have to be a whistle blower or put a truck out of service, refusing to drive until needed truck maintenance is done.
Truckers are the "captain of the ship" -- meaning the trucks they drive -- and as such must always abide by the regulations that govern their work and equipment.
Do not let a trucking company exploit you!
2. Regarding accident and drugs:
Please learn from these articles what led up to the accident and actively seek to never repeat what led up to them.
Never, ever agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how much reward you are promised.
Not only can you be charged legally, but you may ruin your trucking career in the process.
3. Regarding economy, tolls, and tires:
These are some of the most recent articles about the economy from the trucking industry.
A decrease and an increase.
4. Regarding bridges, roads, I-14, and routing:
5. Regarding operations, lawsuit, recall, repair, and hazmat:
Some professional truck drivers have a monthly legal services plan (link, link) to help protect them in cases such as this.
Sooner or later, all trucks need repair and maintenance.
Keep your truck well maintained and she'll reward you with good service.
Make sure that you keep up with when your truck needs maintenance, including oil changes.
6. Regarding electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, emissions, fuel, and mudflaps:
While it may seem admirable to remove trucks' dependency on fuel, electric vehicles are dependent upon being charged at a suitable charging station.
Perhaps one day, technology will improve to the point where trucks can carry equipment to create fuel out of thin air.
I am absolutely opposed to autonomous, self-driving, or driverless trucks, but am sharing these articles to help you stay up-to-date with the topic.
If your truck runs on fuel, seek the best source that helps you optimize supply for the lowest, reasonable cost.
7. Regarding capacity, rates, containers, ports, and shipping:
- Vancouver port defends truck age policy
Some say it is discrimination against trucks "more than 10 years old," but the port authority says it is to "ensure the safe and efficient movement of Canada's trade through the port, while protecting the environment and considering the local communities."
What do you say?
Please comment through the form below. Thanks.
8. Regarding technology, solar power, and CSA:
I had been under the impression that solar panels on the roofs of tractors and/or trailers could be a good thing.
I don't know if the kind of solar panels on vehicles are the same kind that are used on residential and industrial buildings or not.
Check out this article for some eye-opening info.
9. Regarding trucks, utilization, and delivery:
This is a very interesting article.
10. Regarding visibility, PRO Act, and employment:
I wondered what "visibility" was, so I did some research.
These are the best descriptions I've found:
- "...visibility specifically refers to the process of tracking actual shipments and the associated supply data from end to end." (source)
- "With 70% of customers expecting the ability to track shipments and gain updates on the progress of the delivery, shippers have turned to real-time visibility to help them meet the rapidly growing customer demands for faster, less expensive, and more transparent delivery." (source)
Some restaurants that provide food delivery service -- and major independent food delivery services -- incorporate "visibility" of the food delivery from the store to the customer through their apps.
Here are the most recent articles about visibility in transportation:
11. Regarding parking, detention, and violence:
- Momentum building to slash detention times
"Driver detention is the downtime in hauling that befalls truckers at pickup or delivery locations. Everyone in the industry dreads delays, especially expensive ones, and detention costs do enormous harm to the bottom line."
"Detention time spent at shipping and receiving facilities is draining the industry dry in terms of time and money."
- Three women robbed a trucker sitting in his cab at a gas station, Memphis police say
After having read the article, I feel compelled to point out one positive and two negatives:
Positive: Evidently there was a device used to either take photos or record video before or while the theft took place.
Negative #1: The trucker left his door unlocked.
Negative #2: The trucker left his wallet in a place from where it could easily be taken.
I don't see any mention in the article about weapons brandished or used by either the robbers or the trucker.
What else do you see in the article that could help other truckers from being robbed?
Please comment through the form below. Thanks.
12. Regarding awards:
If you know of truckers deserving of these awards, please speak up!
I look forward to learning who wins the designations/awards.
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.
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