Podcast Show Notes

It’s been over two months since the last episode, so we’re skipping a main topic today to get caught up on a crap-ton of news. We’ve got several recalls, new emissions and inspection standards, autonomous and electric trucks, Teamster elections, the top 500 trucking companies, fixing the supply chain issues, tips for driving in bad weather or avoiding it altogether, and new places for truckers to park.

We’ve also got big stories on the proposed vaccine mandate, lots of new legislation, and a trucker who got a major break on his sentence after a fiery wreck. And most importantly, we’ll start the show with some hand signals every trucker should know to combat human trafficking.

We’ll point you to some good southern eatin’ in the Trucker Grub segment, and in the Listener Feedback segment, we’ll discuss everything from broken websites, to the future of trucking, to some clarification on the latest Hours of Service rules.

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Introduction:

Universal hand signal for under duress from TikTok

News segment:

Western Star trucks recalled for electrical, steering issues from OverdriveOnline.com

Great Dane trailers recalled over brakes issue from OverdriveOnline.com

Great Dane recall hits 3,200 trailers from OverdriveOnline.com

Power steering defect prompts recall of certain Mack trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

Cummins recalls X12 diesel engines because of fire risk from FreightWaves.com

Rear impact guards now included in annual DOT inspection checklist from OverdriveOnline.com

Court reverses Obama-era trailer emissions standards from OverdriveOnline.com

California Targets Heavy-Duty Vehicles With Roadside ‘Smog Check’ Inspections from TheTruckersReport.com

New York, Massachusetts to end diesel truck sales by 2035 from OverdriveOnline.com

TuSimple claims success on 80-mile driverless Class 8 pilot in Arizona from FreightWaves.com

Robots outnumber human workers in this autonomous truck yard north of Denver from cpr.org and Shaun Coit @ChatAssassin

Independent Truck Driver Lobbyist Blasts Lawmakers Over Workforce Solutions from TheTruckersReport.com

Why we need to eliminate the overtime exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act to solve the driver shortage from ccjdigital.com

White House Rolls Out Plan To Attract, Retain Truck Drivers from TheTruckersReport.com

TD158: How Do We Attract The Next Generation In Trucking? from AboutTruckDriving.com

Operators grade shippers, and the results get surprising from OverdriveOnline.com

What do you think? Correcting the research record around retention/churn with the most important perspective from OverdriveOnline.com

SCOTUS spikes Biden vaccine mandate but issue not fully put to bed from OverdriveOnline.com

Vaccine mandate now in effect for cross-border truckers re-entering Canada from CTV News in Vancouver

FMCSA extends COVID-19 emergency declaration’s hours waiver through February from OverdriveOnline.com

Congress approves $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill from FreightWaves.com

What Truck Drivers Need to Know About $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package from TheTruckersReport.com

DRIVE Safe Act becomes law: Here’s what motor carriers need to know from OverdriveOnline.com

Fatal crashes involving large trucks at highest level since 2005 from OverdriveOnline.com

Study finds trucking accidents up after ELDs from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA boss nominee Meera Joshi leaving post from OverdriveOnline.com

America’s Ports Problem Is Decades in the Making from the CATO Institute submitted by Joseph Genalo a.k.a Flatbed Joe

Truckers tired of taking blame for congestion crisis at California ports from FreightWaves.com

Port challenges/opportunities: Is the heyday sun setting on JIT as an inventory/freight model from OverdriveOnline.com

Greater split-sleeper flexibility, infrastructure investment, clarified independent contractor status: Trucking groups’ recommendations to improve supply chain from OverdriveOnline.com

Low Teamsters election turnout may not be what it seems from FreightWaves.com

Exclusive: Central Freight Lines to shut down after 96 years from FreightWaves.com

FreightWaves Ratings unveils inaugural Top 500 for-hire list from FreightWaves.com

TikTok video explaining the 110-year sentence from TikTok.com

Millions Petition to Reduce Truck Drivers Excessive 110-Year Sentence from TheTruckersReport.com

Colorado governor knocks a century off driver’s 110-year sentence from OverdriveOnline.com

Step up tire management in cold weather for better traction and tread life from OverdriveOnline.com

Winter trucking tips that could actually save a life from OverdriveOnline.com

Financial incentives almost always overrule safety instincts from ccjdigital.com

Are truckers protected from retaliation for refusing to drive in bad weather? (3:13 video) from OverdriveOnline.com

Ohio plans to repurpose two former weigh stations for truck parking from OverdriveOnline.com

Four news Love’s add 280 truck parking spaces from OverdriveOnline.com

Love’s adds more than 300 parking spaces with 3 new locations from OverdriveOnline.com

Love’s opens new Missouri location from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucker Grub segment:

Patty’s Restaurant: Authentic Southern Eatery in Wildersville, TN

7 days a week, our winter hours are 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 

Listener feedback segment:

Matt MacKellar @Mountain Matt wrote in to tell me that people from Michigan call themselves and informs me of a goof on my website. He also mentions how helpful the “The First 6 Months Of Trucking – Part 1 & 2” episodes were to a new driver coming into the industry. Links to both below.

TD156: The First 6 Months Of Trucking – Part 1 from AboutTruckDriving.com

TD157: The First 6 Months Of Trucking – Part 2 from AboutTruckDriving.com

Nicholas Murphy, Jack Rickelmann, and Keith Butler all pointed out the website was borked beyond all recognition.

Andrew Farmer writes in with his own BMW experience.

David White a.k.a. Driver Dave wrote in for some Hours-of-Service clarification.

Greg T has started a new YouTube channel called Greg’s Trucking Weather & Road Channel and points us to over 30 minutes of big truck drag racing. Man, that’s a lot of black smoke!

Trucker Andy writes in to share all his social media stuff about trucking in the UK.

Ken has a Class A CDL, but never really knew how to drive. What’s the best way to get back into things and get a trucking job? I had some suggestions, but we’re looking for your input too.

George Heine sent an audio comment on how to pronounce his last name.

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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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