TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2022.02.19
This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending February 19, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding Freedom Convoy 2022:
Since I wrote my trucking commentary last week, things have gotten quite tense in Canada with respect to the Freedom Convoy by the truckers and those who support them.
In response to the posting of this article on Facebook -- The vibe shift will favor truck drivers -- I wrote the following response on February 18, 2022:
Quote from article:
Teamsters expert Witwer summarized the union's viewpoint in rejecting the Freedom Convoy as such: "This is a strike to benefit the far right. It will not benefit unionized truckers."
This isn't a "strike" but rather an appeal by truckers to the Canadian government to restore medical freedom.
This Freedom Convoy is designed to benefit *everyone* -- except, of course, the tyrants and dictators who want to control all of our lives.
As of the time that this is being written, at least two organizers have been arrested -- but they were expecting it and have asked supporters to "hold the line."
Please pray for God's grace and mercy in this situation -- and for truckers worldwide.
Here are a number of articles about this topic:
- $100,000 fines, jail time coming to Ambassador Bridge and Ottawa protesters
- Alberta and B.C. border blockades dismantled, CBSA confirms
- Alberta RCMP seize firearms, arrest 11 at Coutts blockade
- Ambassador Bridge blockade cleared
- Ambassador Bridge Reopens After Police Conduct Heavily-Armed Enforcement Operation
- Ambassador Bridge reopens after week of protests
- Ambassador Bridge reopens as protests block other US-Canada border crossings
- Avoiding an American trucker revolt is "pretty simple," OOIDA VP says
- Blockades on Canada-US border continue as protests swell
- Blue Water option: How drivers avoided the Ambassador Bridge blockade
- Border blockades cleared, police move in on Ottawa protesters
- Border blockades cripple auto industry
- Border traffic was on the rise prior to blockades, CBSA data shows
- Border, Ottawa protesters could lose CDLs, face prison, fines: Ontario premier
- Briefly: ATA opposes vaccine protest; Ambassador Bridge reopens
- Canada Plans to Tow Trucks, Freeze Protesting Truckers' Accounts
- Canada uses emergency powers against protests
- Canada vows crackdown on owners of trucks involved in protests
- Canada's Trudeau invokes emergency powers to quell protests
- Canadian judge orders an end to blockade at border bridge
- Canadian police arrest 2 leaders of protesting truckers
- Canadian Police Arrest Protesters in Ottawa
- Canadian police seize guns, machete, body armor at border protest, arrest 13
- Canadian Trucking Alliance Weighs in on 'Emergency' Crackdown on Truckers
- Crews begin towing trucks at Ottawa protest, arrests continue
- Drilling Deep: What's motivating the Canadian drivers?
- Emergency declaration for COVID-19 now includes new automobiles
- Freedom Convoy President Urges 'Hold The Line' as Police Take Her Away in Handcuffs
- Freedom Convoy protesters face suspended insurance, frozen accounts under Emergencies Act
- ODTA accuses Ford government of double standard during protests
- Ontario declares an emergency over truck blockades in Canada
- Ontario Declares Emergency Over Blocked Bridge
- Ottawa Police Step Up Efforts to Get Protesting Truckers to Leave
- Ottawa police to convoy protesters: ' You must leave the area now'
- Police arrest protesters who remained at US-Canada bridge
- Police Begin Arresting Mandate Protesters; Vital Bridge Still Closed
- Police move in on Ambassador Bridge border blockade
- Pressure to end vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers builds
- RCMP arrest 11 people, seize guns from big rigs at border blockade
- Trucker and Founding Organizer of Freedom Convoy Arrested as Crackdown Accelerates
- Truckers at Ambassador Bridge Aren't Budging Despite Threats of Imprisonment and $100K Fine
- Trucks leaving blockade at Canadian border crossing
- Trudeau Declares War on Freedom Convoy: Invokes Unprecedented 'Emergencies Act'
- Trudeau says protests must end, truckers brace for crackdown
- Universal Logistics sees bridge blockade as 'blip' to strong 2022
- US-Canada border crossing in Alberta reopens after protesters pull out
- Vaccine mandate exemption for cross-border truckers sought
- Vaccine mandate 'final straw' for truckers
- WATCH: Trucker Gives Unforgettable Response to Trudeau's Threat to Freeze Bank Account
I tend to keep up with what's happening regarding this and other trucker convoys worldwide on Telegram.
2. Regarding COVID-19:
These articles may be related to the topic area above.
3. Regarding accidents, staged accidents, weather, and death:
Please look over this list of articles about truck accidents and endeavor not to set up -- or be caught in a set-up -- like any of them:
I am glad that the truckers who were targeted in the staged accidents are now being vindicated!
There's still a lot of cold weather left in winter, so please stay on your guard wherever you drive.
- Truck driver found dead in single-vehicle crash
This accident was still under investigation as of the time the article was published.
I would not be a bit surprised if the trucker had had some kind of "medical episode" just before the crash.
4. Regarding supply chain, economy, tolls, pay, inflation, rates, and insurance:
It sure is nice to see that the tolls on a couple of roads are being removed!
- Equipment, pay issues top truck driver retention, recruiting report
- FreightTech firm aims to fill trucking niche with pay-per-day insurance coverage
- Rethinking Driver Pay
"One of the complaints drivers have about mileage pay is that their checks aren't predictable from week to week and can be slashed by factors out of their control. They’re detained for hours at a shipper or receiver. Their truck breaks down, or they have to pull over because of bad weather, or they have to lay over because the company doesn’t have another load for them yet.
"About five years ago, some enterprising trucking companies started to offer guaranteed or minimum pay packages to address this problem. ..."
If you're receiving guaranteed or minimum pay each week, would you please comment about that through the form below to let us know how you like it? Thanks.
5. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, batteries, fuel, and emissions:
I absolutely oppose all driverless, self-driving, and autonomous commercial motor vehicles on the roads with the motoring public, but I share these articles as a courtesy.
6. Regarding clearinghouse, drugs, DUI, and violence:
Please do everything you can to avoid being in a set-up for violence.
7. Regarding operations and snowplows:
8. Regarding inspections, enforcement, lawsuits:
If you are ready for a truck inspection any time, you'll never be caught off-guard.
9. Regarding employment, shortage, and classification:
I personally believe that the "official" unemployment numbers are inaccurate because some folks have been suspended without pay because they wouldn't take a jab -- keeping them in limbo between being employed and unemployed.
10. Regarding training, technology, and parts:
Regarding this article -- Truck Driving Simulator Excites Idaho High School Students -- which was published on Facebook, I had this to say:
Quote from article:
The new simulator program -- which provides multiple driving scenarios in a realistic experience -- is so popular that 20 high schools requested it within the first 24 hours after its unveiling Jan. 26 at Middleton High School, Hodges said.
Isn't it true that that "realistic experience" has the student driver stay "in the cab" the whole time without doing any outside work, such as:
- pre-trip and post-trip inspections;
- opening and closing trailer doors;
- connecting to and disconnecting from trailers;
- adjusting trailer tandem settings;
- meeting with shippers, receivers, security guards;
- cleaning the windshield;
When tasks like that are added to the mix -- and students are required to abide by simulated Hours of Service regulations, *then* let's talk.
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles on this topic:
11. Regarding roads and ports:
12. Regarding awards:
We recognize those who have helped their fellow human beings and congratulate truckers who have been honored.
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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