This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending November 13, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
There has been massive confusion about whether or not professional truck drivers must be vaxxinated, partly because the information in trucking publications conflict with each other.
All you have to do is look at the information published on OpenVAERS to see that after getting one or more CV jabs, many thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands of people have experienced adverse reactions.
As of this writing:
And those are just the ones that the C*D*C has allowed to be published on the site.
One source says: "We know VAERS only captures 1-10% of all adverse events."
Please do not allow yourself to be bullied into taking a jab, because there are those who allowed that and then experienced major regret.
Here are the most recent articles from trucking sources on this topic.
The ports, containers, chassis, supply chain, and truckers issue is quite complex.
In my opinion, the federal government created this problem (in part, with agreement by certain states), so it needs to reverse course on everything that led up to it and then stay out of it!
Please see the Truckers section below.
Remember that the first law of thermodynamics, the Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system.
So, even if trucks are powered by electricity, that electricity must come from somewhere.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the sources of U.S. electricity generation in 2020 are listed here.
I absolutely oppose the use of autonomous, self-driving, or driverless commercial motor vehicles on the roads with the motoring public, but share these articles as a courtesy to help you stay up-to-date on the topic.
The second article in this section is extremely important as it concerns the ports and supply chain issue.
Please learn from these articles what led up to the accidents and to the extent possible, endeavor not to repeat the circumstances that led up to them.
Never ever attempt to haul illegal drugs, no matter how big the promised reward is.
Never ever attempt to transport people like cattle or cargo, no matter how big the incentive is.
There's a lot of variety covered in these articles.
Make sure that whomever is conducting your trailer inspection stays up-to-date on what is required.
Please be extremely careful when driving in strong winds, especially when you are deadheading (hauling an empty trailer).
One thing about technology is that it is always changing and continuously needs to be updated.
Congratulations to all truckers who accomplished a trucking-related achievement, were nominated for an award, or were listed as a finalist for one!
A huge thank-you goes to truckers who selflessly helped others:
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.