TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2022.01.22
This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending January 22, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding COVID-19 and ports:
Sometime before June 10, 2011, I wrote the following on our Trucker Protest page:
The only way for a trucker protest to make much of a dent is if every truck stopped (particularly fuel tankers) for a few days.
When there is no fuel, no food and no toilet paper, that's when people will take notice.
A total shutdown of trucks will have to take place across the board...
Well, this situation may be closer than a lot of people think, what with many truckers refusing to be forced to surrender their medical sovereignty through a poison death shot.
Folks may have only seen the beginning of a "supply chain" issue if thousands or tens of thousands of truckers refuse to drive rather than either have their health compromised or have their lives shortened.
I know this is a tough time, friends, but do not compromise your values -- or your health!
Here are a number of the most recent articles on this topic:
- 5 burning questions: Vaccine mandates for cross-border trucking
- Analysis: Can the Postal Service deliver on at-home COVID tests?
- Analysis: Vaccine mandate or not, US-Canada cross-border freight rates poised to rise
- As cross-border vaccine mandates begin, concerns over supply chain grow
- Canadian Truckers Are Saying 'Enough is Enough'
- Canadian Truckers Plan 'Freedom Convoy' to Oppose Mandates, Quickly Raise $175,000+
- Canadian Trucking Alliance Condemns Truckers Planning Highway Protests
- Canadian vaccination mandate exempts truckers re-entering the country
- Carriers Already Losing Capacity Due to Canada's New Cross-Border Mandate
- Cross-Border Truckers Advised to Expect Delays as U.S. Set to Impose New Restrictions
- CTA urges truckers not to interfere with traffic
- Foreign Truckers Must Be Vaccinated to Enter US Starting Jan. 22
- Mega Carrier CEO Issues Dire Warning as Canada's New Cross-Border Rules Set to Begin
- New Vaccine Rules Take Effect at Canadian Border
- Toyota Halts Work at Some Plants
- Trucker Battles It Out With Border Agents As Canada's Mandate Begins
- Trucker Captures Tense Exchange With Border Agents as Canada's New Mandate Begins
- U.S. confirms Canadian truckers will need to be vaccinated as of Jan. 22
- U.S. set to begin vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers
- U.S. vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers coming in days: Trudeau
- Unvaccinated Canadian truckers will be allowed to cross from US to Canada; American truckers won't
https://www.thetrucker.com/trucking-news/the-nation/unvaccinated-canadian-truckers-will-be-allowed-to-cross-from-u-s-to-canada-american-truckers-wont (no longer online)
- US to close borders to unvaccinated Canadian, Mexican truckers on Saturday
- USPS Site Begins Taking COVID Test Requests
Based on what I have seen and read, I do not trust any test kit for this purpose whatsoever.
The most recent video I saw about this was someone taking a testing device from a sealed package, running it under water from a home faucet, and seeing the device show the water as "positive."
Please do your own due diligence before you take, use, or trust one.
- Vaccine Mandate Likely Defeated Despite Court Stay
- Viewpoint: Supreme Court's decision to halt OSHA vaccine or test mandate a win for employers
I congratulate the truckers who worked on moving the cargo from the ports to where it needed to go.
These "record" numbers would mean nothing without you!
2. Regarding accidents, fatalities, Tesla, roads and bridges, tires, sentencing, staged, safety, and insurance:
Drivers who drive in winter weather, please take extra precautions.
Roads and bridges
3. Regarding weather and HOS:
No matter what time of year you drive, always pay attention to the need to adjust your truck's speed based on travel conditions.
The wetter or slicker the roads, the slower you need to go -- with the understanding that some travel conditions are simply too treacherous to drive in and the wise driver will park until conditions improve.
4. Regarding age, training, testing, detention, retention, recruitment, burnout, vision, and veterans:
While I am sure that there are some more mature teenagers who want to become professional truck drivers, I stand behind my previous statements that I think it is a bad idea to let teenagers drive a commercial motor vehicle.
Insurance rates tell most of the story, but as NPR states:
- "emerging science about brain development suggests that most people don't reach full maturity until the age 25"; and
- "critical parts of the brain involved in decision-making are not fully developed until years later at age 25 or so."
Here are some of the most recent articles on this topic:
I hope it isn't the case that lowering the vision standards for professional truck drivers is a result of not being able to address the so-called "shortage" problem.
5. Regarding technology and ELDs:
6. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, and emissions:
I totally oppose the operation of autonomous, self-driving, or driverless trucks on the roads with the motoring public, but share these articles as a courtesy to help you stay current with the topic.
7. Regarding pay, rates, taxes, UCR fees and FMCSA:
8. Regarding operations, maintenance, recalls, and snow removal:
9. Regarding smuggling and DUI:
10. Regarding economy, employment, shortage, predictions, and peak:
11. Regarding innovation, inspection, intermodal, and leasing:
12. Regarding awards, recognition, and Road Team:
Congratulations to this trucker for his amazing accomplishment!
We recognize those who helped others in a time of need.
Described as "the best of the best in the trucking industry," one of the articles below states:
"The 34 finalists are industry veterans, many of whom are state-level road team captains, national truck driving championship winners, and role models at their companies and in their communities. They have a combined total of 75 million safe-driving miles and 923 years as professional truck drivers."
We congratulate all finalists!
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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