Podcast Show Notes

Got a whopper of a show for you today, but once again, there is no main topic. I promise this isn’t a new trend. I’ve got some good things lined up for the next few episodes. But for now there’s a fairly long intro where I talk about my company’s hazmat issues, per diem tax breaks, adverse driving conditions, other trucking podcasts, and driving a fancy car.

In the news segment, we’ve got more truck recalls, yet another safety blitz, bridges reopening, toll plazas closing, rising driver pay, new insights into driver shortages and women’s affect on it, and what to do if you don’t pass your DOT physical.

Also, our governments are working on taxing truckers more, more COVID extensions, proposed legislation on speed limiters, sleep apnea, liability insurance, and infrastructure, all while putting the kibosh on the highway trust fund. Huh?? Oh, and teaming with a robot. Double huh??

On a lighter note, Pilot Flying J is giving away prizes this summer, there’s a popular movie about truckers on Netflix, and in not so light news, a fleet owner has a controversial idea on how to increase safety.

I’ll also announce the winners of the Trace tablet and the $50 for the Trucker Grub contest and we’ll hear from listeners on the topics of truck parking, speed limiters, the VMT tax, Walmart reefers, a longtime trucker retiring, and we’ll catch up with a past interviewee and see what’s up with him.

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Volvo Trucks – Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.

Links mentioned in the opening segment:

Can company drivers take per diem tax break? from ATBS.com

20 Best Trucking Podcasts of 2021 from WelpMagazine.com

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Recalls issued for certain International, Peterbilt trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

Two recalls affect more than 80,000 Daimler trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

Daimler recalls 122,056 heavy-duty trucks for possible loss of electric power from FreightWaves.com

CPAP recall leaves truck drivers with sleep apnea between a rock and a hard place from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA reminds truckers of risks of using CBD from OverdriveOnline.com

Brake Safety Week dates announced from OverdriveOnline.com

I-40 Bridge Linking Arkansas, Tennessee Reopens from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

New York State Thruway rest areas closing later this month for renovations from OverdriveOnline.com

Restaurant stimulus also creates per diem tax break for truckers from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucker health clinic chain abruptly ceases operations, files Chapter 7 from FreightWaves.com

You failed your DOT physical. Now what? from OverdriveOnline.com

Dr. Alexander E. Underwood works at KT Health Clinic near Springfield, MO. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or email him at mail@kthealthclinic.com.

Alabama truckers fight truck-only toll proposal in Mobile from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking groups sound off as Connecticut truck VMT tax signed into law from OverdriveOnline.com

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls going up – again from OverdriveOnline.com

Speed limiter legislation reintroduced from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA extends COVID-related waivers through August from OverdriveOnline.com

Women more responsive than men during ‘trucking’s endless summer’ from OverdriveOnline.com

A new shortage is impacting the freight market, and it has nothing to do with driversfrom OverdriveOnline.com

Appeals court denies request to rehear AB5 decision from FreightWaves.com

Trucking exempt from AB 5 until Supreme Court weighs in from OverdriveOnline.com

Specific sleep apnea screening criteria cut in latest draft medical examiner handbookfrom OverdriveOnline.com

House Democrats succeed in boosting trucking insurance to $2 million from FreightWaves.com

Insurance hike, parking relief not in Senate highway bill from OverdriveOnline.com

Texas bill would make it harder to win damages from big rig crashes from Fox4News.com

Biden sends federal motor fuels tax packing, Washington insider says from FreightWaves.com

ATRI outlines research goals for 2021 from OverdriveOnline.com

Major truck manufacturers plan European electric charging network from FreightWaves.com

FMCSA sees potential for human-autonomous team driver regulations from FreightWaves.com

Driver compensation, part 1: Guaranteed pay as a solution to trucking’s ‘unknowns’ from OverdriveOnline.com

Driver compensation, Part 2: Time-based pay could improve fairness, reduce detentionfrom OverdriveOnline.com

Modest safety proposal: Get tougher on driver violations accountability from OverdriveOnline.com

Pilot giving away $5,000 in fuel, other prizes throughout summer from OverdriveOnline.com

Action flick set on ice roads comes to Netflix next month from OverdriveOnline.com

Links mentioned in the Trucker Grub segment:

I used WheelOfNames.com to choose the winner of the $50. Justin Byrd won by guessing what five movies are featured in the Trucker Grub intro.

Links mentioned in the feedback segment:

A free Trace tablet was up for grabs. Brandon Mezquiriz, William Garner, Jose Santiago, all wrote in, but Christian Cooper won by 2 hours.

Julio listened to TD125: Reserved Truck Parking: Convenience Or Exploitation from AboutTruckDriving.com

Driver Cee from TD 147: Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School from AboutTruckDriving.com

Jerry sent me a photo to prove that Walmart does indeed have reefer trailers.

Longtime listener/contributor Greg T announces his retirement from trucking.

@Smackerman shares his thoughts on speed limiters and tracking vehicles for the proposed VMT tax.

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About the Author
I'm a 22-year truck driver with an interest in tech stuff. I do the Trucker Dump podcast and blog, which is all about life as a trucker. I have also written two trucking books, "Trucking Life" and "How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job."

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