TD183: Harassement In Trucking, Bad Weather Driving, Electric Truck Snafus, Legislating Bathrooms, & More

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TD183: Harassement In Trucking, Bad Weather Driving, Electric Truck Snafus, Legislating Bathrooms, & More

In this week’s trucking news, you’ll get winter driving tips from experienced drivers and you’ll learn if your employer can retaliate if you refuse to drive in bad weather. We’ll hear about the Department of Labor getting an earful about the newly-proposed rules on who qualifies as an independent contractor. California emissions Nazis are reeking havoc again, and we discover yet another chink in the electric truck armor.

Canada is finally getting ready for electronic logging devices, the FMCSA seeks to modify emergency exemptions, the crazy high harassment numbers in the trucking industry, and finally, a trucker’s rights to bathrooms goes to Congress and one trucker who really loves Kelly Clarkson! And it’s Christmas, so of course I’ll share my rendition of Twas The Night Before Christmas: Trucker Style. Might what to earmuff your kids for that one. LOL

As for listener feedback, @wunuvakind and @goose from the Trucker Dump Slack group weigh in on the new format of the show, and @goose also gives us some insight and additional tips on the winter pileup story we covered in the last episode. And last but not least, we hear a funny delivery story from Driver Dave.

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News Links:

Love’s opens four new locations from

Ohio converts weigh stations to truck parking from

Winter trucking tips that could actually save a life from

Video: Are truckers protected from retaliation for refusing to drive in bad weather? from

Department of Labor proposal generates tens of thousands of comments from

Trucking groups, owner-ops generally opposed to Biden DOL’s contractor rule changesfrom

Nearly 80,000 active trucks could be barred from operating in California at year-endfrom

Tesla Semi’s cab design makes it a ‘completely stupid vehicle,’ trucker says from (suggested by @Cici)

Cold weather is zapping electric truck range from (Commercial Carrier Journal)

Canadian ELD mandate set for Jan. 1 enforcement deadline from

FMCSA proposing to limit scope of emergency declarations from

Harassment high in trucking industry, new FMCSA study on crime prevention showsfrom

New legislation provides bathroom access for truck drivers from

Pop star files restraining order against trucker who believes she’s messaging him from

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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."
2 comments on “TD183: Harassement In Trucking, Bad Weather Driving, Electric Truck Snafus, Legislating Bathrooms, & More
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    How does a truck run a long downward slope safe and sound?
    In daily life, drivers will face various driving conditions. Whether an upward slope or a downward one, it is of vital importance to make sure safe driving. However, how to safely run a long downward slope?
    I.Practice regular checkups
    To ensure safe and hassle-free driving, the driver should check up on every part of the truck before leaving off, during the journey, and after reaching the destination.
    When it comes to regular check-ups of trucks, a certain number of drivers are not willing to pay much attention to it. Some think it is not essential since no accident happens, others consider that it will cost a certain time and money. Even a small proportion of people complain that 4S shop charges too much on subtle issues. As a result, unexpected incidents come into existence every day because of such omissions. Seriously speaking, road accidents happen simultaneously at every moment across the world, causing injuries and damage to public services and property, and more devastating, stopping hundreds of vibrant hearts from beating. The main reason is that most drivers devalue the importance to practice termly check-ups, focusing on the advisory circulars of safe driving, and solving visible breakdowns of trucks. In order to avoid previously mentioned disasters, drivers must develop a good habit of checking up on trucks periodically.

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