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TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.10.02

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 2, 2021.

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


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding electric, electric - tax, fuel - diesel, and fuel - hydrogen:


  • New EV Charger Can Provide 62 Miles of Range in 3 Minutes

    Be watching for charging stations of the future to be able to quickly recharge Commercial Motor Vehicles.

    I wonder if truck stops will become equipped with charging stations, similar to the way that trucks can get IdleAir connectivity.

Electric - tax

An email that we received from ATRI on Wednesday, September 29. 2021, stated:

The American Transportation Research Institute today released research that describes a framework for electric vehicle (EV) taxation to support transportation infrastructure. Through a small tax on the electricity that is used in transportation, the report identifies an approach to efficiently connecting the growing number of U.S. electric vehicles with highway trust fund (HTF) revenue streams.

I feel compelled to point out the description: "small tax."

Farther down in the email, we read:

The report suggests that U.S. electric utilities are well equipped to begin collection of a per-kWh charge of 2.1 cents for transportation-related electricity consumption in the coming years.

I wondered how this would compare to the cost of electricity to power homes and businesses, and found a "Table of Average Electricity Rates by State."

As of the time the data was collected (October 1, 2021 for September 2021's rates), the cost of electricity ranged:

  • from a low of 9.37¢ / kWh in Louisiana;

  • to a high of 19.90¢ / kWh in California.

I'm going to hazard a guess that in the future, the cost to charge an electric vehicle is going to vary by state and locale -- similar to the way the cost of fuel varies by state and locale.

Here are more articles on this topic:

Fuel - diesel

Fuel - hydrogen

I think it would be super if one day, machines installed on trucks could take hydrogen from the air, concentrate it on the fly, and power both tractors (and refrigerated trailers) as they need it.

Talk about energy independence!


2. Regarding pre-trip, recall, winter, inspection, and taxes:



If your truck is on the recall list, please have it attended to as soon as possible.





3. Regarding accident, accident - animal, accident - Colorado, accident - sleep, and accident - train:

Please look at the articles listed here so that you don't fall into the same circumstance that led up to the cited accident.


Accident - animal rights protester

Accident - Colorado

Accident - sleep

Accident - train


4. Regarding peak and same day delivery:


Same day delivery


5. Regarding autonomous vehicles, technology, and cyberattack:

Autonomous vehicles




6. Regarding AB5, legal, lawsuit, and theft:






7. Regarding operations, emissions, hitchhiker, cheaters, and out-of-service:







8. Regarding inflation, pay, cash seizure, quit, rates, VMT and tolls:



Cash seizure






9. Regarding COVID-19, protest, drugs, and safety:




Never agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how much you are promised.



10. Regarding economy, used truck, batteries, tires, and supply chain:


Used truck



Supply chain

Part of the problem with the supply chain is due to people being thrust out of their jobs because they value their health freedom more than they want to comply with getting a jab.

Most of these people didn't and don't want to lose their jobs.

Many of them know what is at stake. (Deliberate [misspellings] are intentional.)

Citing this article:

... After 2000, scientists made many attempts to create [c0ronav!rus vaxxines]. For the past 20 years, all ended in failure because the animals in the clinical trials got very sick and many died, just like the children in the 1960s. ...

The typical pattern in the studies referenced above is that the children and the animals produced beautiful [ant!b0dy responses after being [vaxxinated]. The manufacturers thought they hit the jackpot.

The problem came when the children and animals were exposed to the wild version of the virus.

When that happened, an unexplained phenomenon called ant!b0dy dependent enhancement, also known as [vaxxine] enhanced disease, occurred where the immune system produced a "cytokine storm" (i.e. overwhelmingly attacked the body) and the children/animals died. ...

If this is true, then we may end up seeing a large number of [vaxxinated] people becoming very sick and dying over the next 2, 3, or maybe 5 years.


11. Regarding DOT physical, CPAP, training, and shortage:

DOT physical





12. Regarding awards and recognition:

Congratulations to all truckers who have achieved safety milestones and won other awards!



I'm glad when truckers get positive praise.


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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