We are grateful for all you do year-round to transport the world's freight safely, efficiently and on-time. We wish you safe travelsand lots of money saving opportunities on the road. -- Mike and Vicki Simons

TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.07.31

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending July 31, 2021.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding bridge, roads, politics, and PRO Act:


Thank goodness that the bridge on I-40 is going to be reopened!


Please pay attention to road closures and new rules for roads (even on truck routes).


If these matters concern you, please contact your elected officials to express your opinion.


  • Partisan PRO Act gets pushback

    Quotes from article:

    "On July 22, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, 'The Right to Organize: Empowering American Workers in a 21st Century Economy.' This hearing centered around the PRO Act, the maligned federal legislation which would essentially eliminate the successful independent contractor model in the trucking industry..."

    "...there is no way for the PRO Act to pass through Congress this year. ...this form of work serves as the backbone of truckload. Some of the most successful truckload carriers today started with one enterprising individual buying one truck and growing their business from there. Any threat to this model moving forward must be opposed, or the entire economy will suffer."


2. Regarding weather and violence:


Please pay attention to where wildfires are raging and avoid those areas.

When it comes to hauling freight in a hot truck, please keep yourself cool and well-hydrated.


Don't get caught up in any kind of illegal activity.


3. Regarding taxes, tolls, fee, rates, pay, cost, civil asset forfeiture, and shortage:


Let your voice be heard on this issue!






Civil asset forfeiture

  • Via civil asset forfeiture, Arizona grabs trucker's auction money

    As a reminder, Amendment IV to the Constitution of the United States reads:

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."



4. Regarding CPAP, concerns, urination, drugs, and parking:





Never agree to haul drugs through or into an area where they are considered illegal, no matter how much you are offered.



5. Regarding CARB, capacity, tires, equipment, and right to repair:





Right to repair


6. Regarding accidents, accidents - weather, doors, and dumping:


Accidents - weather

Driving conditions and visibility can change in an instant, so always be watching for the need to stop to protect yourself, your rig, and the cargo on-board.

It is a good idea to regularly monitor the weather -- such as on a CB radio with built-in weather band -- to see if any hazardous situations are forecast.

Our deepest condolences go to the families of those who died.



This was a deliberate action and I hope that it will be dealt with accordingly.


7. Regarding consumers, economy, and overspending:





8. Regarding electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, leasing, and recall:

Electric vehicles

Autonomous vehicles

I am totally opposed to self-driving, driverless or autonomous trucks, but am sharing these articles to help you stay up-to-date with the topic.


Before you consider leasing a truck, you may want to read some information:



9. Regarding fuel, fuel - cell, fuel - hydrogen, fuel - limit, fuel - natural gas, and fuel - price :


Fuel - cell

Fuel - hydrogen

Fuel - limit

Fuel - natural gas

Fuel - price


10. Regarding ELDs, technology, apps, and distractions:


This information is primarily for Canadian truckers.


Please do what is necessary to protect yourself, your technology, and your digital assets.




11. Regarding Hours of Service, insurance, lawsuits, and retention:

Hours of Service



If you are an independent trucker or owner-operator, keep tabs on this issue.




12. Regarding award:

Congratulations to all of those who have been recognized for their selflessness and/or professional truck driving skills.


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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We are grateful for all you do year-round to transport the world's freight safely, efficiently and on-time. We wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road. -- Mike and Vicki Simons

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