This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending April 23, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
According to Genesis 1 and 2 in the Bible, after God created male and female, He gave them specific tasks, one of which was to take care of the place He had made and where He had located them.
In our day, some people have put a heavy emphasis on protecting the earth, perhaps at the expense of the humans who inhabit it.
Please understand that there is a political agenda -- and sometimes even a spiritual ideology -- behind fuel choices, emissions, vehicle production, the "net-zero carbon" initiative, and other related endeavors.
Here are some of the most recent articles on these topics:
Please feel free to look at other trucking commentaries on this site in which I examine the issue of "carbon."
Even though I do not necessarily agree with the articles in this section, I am listing them for your convenience.
Most of the articles in this section address a bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Andy Levin entitled "Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act," which would repeal the motor carrier overtime exemption in the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act).
In a Facebook truckers group that we're both members of, an owner-operator friend of mine stated that this bill would create tension between company drivers and independent drivers and cause other problems.
I asked for specific details and am eagerly looking forward to learning more.
Never put up with coercion!
There are other trucking companies out there that respect professional truck drivers.
Please learn what you can from the articles listed in this section so that you will be able to avoid getting into these kinds of accidents or "close calls."
I am 100% opposed to truly driverless, self-driving, or autonomous commercial motor vehicles sharing the same roads at the motoring public, but share these articles to help you stay informed about the subject.
One of the articles linked below states, "The executive order [issued by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp] aims to soften many of the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 crisis that is still having impacts on the global supply chain."
However, there are no details on exactly:
Furthermore on the 2020 list of Executive Orders issued in the State of Georgia, the one issued on March 14, 2020 -- entitled "Declaring a Public Health State of Emergency for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)" -- addresses commercial motor vehicles and their drivers a number of times.
So, I'm puzzled over this.
Here are some of the most recent articles on this subject:
I hope that the Texas governor got what he was after.
Never ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how much you are offered.
Please don't take something that isn't yours -- unless it is given to you by the owner.
I have read other articles (including this one) about how some rail companies are refusing to haul fertilizer and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), so I wonder if the trucking industry is going to pick up the slack.
According to Wikipedia, "Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF; also known as AUS 32 and marketed as AdBlue) is a liquid used to reduce the amount of air pollution created by a diesel engine. Specifically, DEF is an aqueous urea solution made with 32.5% urea and 67.5% deionized water. DEF is consumed in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) that lowers the concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the diesel exhaust emissions from a diesel engine."
I found a resource that answers my question (worded a little differently from #10 on the website list):
"What happens to the engine if the DEF Tank is empty?"
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles on this topic:
We recognize all truckers who helped out their fellow human beings in a time of need.
Thanks so much for your compassion!
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.