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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 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:

Bridge

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


Roads

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


Politics

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


PRO Act

  • 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:

Weather

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.


Violence

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

 

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

Taxes

Let your voice be heard on this issue!


Tolls


Fee


Rates


Pay


Cost


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."


Shortage

 

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

CPAP


Concerns


Urination


Drugs

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


Parking

 

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

CARB


Capacity


Tires


Equipment


Right to repair

 

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

Accidents


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.


Doors


Dumping

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

 

7. Regarding consumers, economy, and overspending:

Consumers


Economy


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.


Leasing

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


Recall

 

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

Fuel


Fuel - cell


Fuel - hydrogen


Fuel - limit


Fuel - natural gas


Fuel - price

 

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

ELDs

This information is primarily for Canadian truckers.


Technology

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


Apps


Distractions

 

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

Hours of Service


Inspections


Insurance

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


Lawsuits


Retention

 

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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