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TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2022.05.07

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending May 7, 2022.

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

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding limiters, regulations, and environment:

Limiters

According to this resource: "FMCSA [Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration] requests comments on the programming or adjustment of ECUs [engine control units] that could be made to impose speed limits on CMVs [commercial motor vehicles], including responses to the questions below."

You may read more about the Proposed Rule regarding "Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operations: Speed Limiting Devices".

We encourage you to write and submit comments here (noting that there are helpful tips in the Commenter's Checklist).


Regulations


Environment

 

2. Regarding accidents, fire, drugs, smuggling, DUI, and impaired:

Accidents

Please review the following articles about truck accidents and notice things that you may be able to do to avoid being involved in an accident.


Fire


Drugs

No matter how much money or other incentive you have been offered, never ever haul illegal drugs.


Smuggling

No matter how much money or other incentive you have been offered, never ever haul people as though they were cattle or cargo.


DUI


Impaired

 

3. Regarding fuel, efficiency, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, zero, and emissions:

Fuel


Efficiency


Autonomous vehicles

I adamantly oppose the operation of autonomous, driverless, or self-driving commercial motor vehicles on the same roads as the general public, but share these articles to help you stay current with the topic.


Electric vehicles


Zero

According to a May 3, 2022, email from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI):

... The study found that while electric trucks have no direct tailpipe emissions, CO2 production associated with vehicle, battery and electricity production would only result in a 30 percent decrease in CO2 emissions when compared to a standard diesel truck.

The marginal environmental benefits of electric trucks are due, in large part, to lithium-ion battery production – which generates more than six times the carbon of diesel truck production. The research, which utilized outputs from the Argonne National Lab’s GREET Model, also incorporates CO2 emissions that generate from the U.S. electrical grid – which still relies primarily on fossil fuels. ATRI ’s research concludes that hydrogen fuel cell trucks are ultimately the most environmentally friendly truck type, although the technology is not presently feasible for long-haul operations. ...

Here are two articles about this.

I would still love to see tractors outfitted with devices that isolate hydrogen from the air and utilize it for fuel not long before it is needed for truck operation.


Emissions

 

4. Regarding inspections:

Inspections

If you keep yourself and your rig always ready for an inspection, you'll never be surprised.

 

5. Regarding economy, inflation, employment, and rates:

Economy


Inflation


Employment


Rates

 

6. Regarding technology, ELDs, maintenance, recall, and truck parts:

Technology


ELDs


Maintenance


Recall


Truck parts

Need truck parts?

 

7. Regarding business, leasing, and lawsuit:

Business


Leasing


Lawsuit

 

8. Regarding foreign policy, oil, supply chain, and containers:

Foreign policy


Oil


Supply chain


Containers

 

9. Regarding trucker, training, retention, shortage, and testing:

Trucker


Training


Retention


Shortage


Testing

 

10. Regarding roads and weather:

Roads


Weather

 

11. Regarding theft, ticket quotas, and tolls:

Theft

Unless it has been given to you as a gift by the owner, don't take what isn't yours.


Ticket quotas


Tolls

 

12. Regarding awards, awards - citizens, and awards - safety:

We applaud all of those who have been recognized and/or awarded for their skill as a trucker or their willingness to help their fellow human being in a time of need.

If you know of such a person who deserves recognition, please speak up!

Awards


Awards - citizens


Awards - safety


 

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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