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TD154: Trucking News And Free Stuff!

Podcast Show Notes

We don’t have a main topic today, but we do have a mega crap ton of news, some listener feedback, and a fun contest that could win you $50.

So about this news; we’ve got a handful of truck recalls, Canadian ELDs, lots of driverless trucks being ordered, some useful tips for tax time, another reroute around a busted bridge, and yet another safety blitz (yes, really). But hey, all is not lost. We’ll also tell you what qualifies as an out-of-service violation when it comes to lights and hours-of-service. This one might surprise you. We’ll even discuss how some of these violations are actual crimes! Whaaaa?

We’ll address some myths around the COVID vaccine and if you’re still freaked out, how to clean your truck to reduce your chances of getting it. But hey, at least you won’t die from a truck rollover if this prototype fifth wheel makes it to market!

And once again, the powers that be are making truckers unhappy with talks of the new Vehicle Miles Traveled tax, the push for speed limiters and automatic emergency braking, and why DOT physicals still won’t go directly onto your CDL for years to come. Not to mention the courts ruling against lease operators and a survey showing not much faith in the Biden administration. But hey, at least a new FMCSA director has been nominated. So there’s that.

And to finish up, we’ll show you how to value your time more, how to extend the life of your DPF filter (yes, I realize that’s redundant), and I’ll tell you about a new addition to the Garmin dēzl™ OTR series of truck GPSs and a new feature they all have.

What? I told you there was a lot of news. Did you think I was lying?

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. I’m also giving away this Trace tablet from FleetUp to the first person who emails me at TruckerDump@gmail.com

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 news segment:

Possible steering issue leads to recall of 18,000 Freightliner trucks from TruckersNews.com

Two recalls hit 11K Freightliner, Western Star trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

Thousands of International trucks recalled from OverdriveOnline.com

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

Repairs to I-40 bridge over Mississippi could take ‘months, not weeks’ from TruckersNews.com

Operation Safe Driver Week to Focus on Speeding from TruckingInfo.com

With Roadcheck under way, here’s a refresher on the OOS violations for lights, hoursfrom OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking Law: Some safety violations can turn into misdemeanor or felony convictionsfrom OverdriveOnline.com

Paul O. Taylor is managing partner of Truckers Justice Center and has represented truck drivers for over 25 years. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or at TruckersJusticeCenter.com.

IRS’ 100% meal deduction does not apply to owner-ops’ per-diem deductions from OverdriveOnline.com

Partners in Business tip: Have a fixed residence from OverdriveOnline.com

Fleet Complete’s BigRoad Officially Submitted for Canadian ELD Certification from FleetComplete.com

ATRI puts $20B price tag on vehicle-miles-traveled tax from FreightWaves.com

Can taxing trucks on miles traveled work? from FreightWaves.com

Speed limiters, automatic braking on NTSB Most Wanted List from FreightWaves.com

Smart anti-rollover coupling can jettison the trailer to save truckies from NewAtlas.com

Autonomous truck maker says it has nearly 7,000 driverless truck orders from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA petitions to delay implementation of electronic med cert rule until 2025 from OverdriveOnline.com

Debunking truckers’ four favorite myths about COVID-19 vaccines 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.

Cleaning truck cabs in the age of COVID from FleetOwner.com

Know the value of your time to assess true profit from OverdriveOnline.com

Federal court rules California’s AB 5 applies to trucking, dealing blow to owner-operator model in state from OverdriveOnline.com

California AB 5: Likely next steps, wait-and-see mode, unanswered questions prevail among small fleets, leased operators from OverdriveOnline.com

Higher costs, reduced opportunity – worries dominate small fleets’ Biden administration outlook from OverdriveOnline.com

Biden announces nominee for FMCSA boss from OverdriveOnline.com

3 ways to extend DPF life and keep filters running cleaner from OverdriveOnline.com

Garmin adds dēzl OTR500, a compact addition to its line of truck navigators from OverdriveOnline.com

TD151: In-Depth Review Of The Garmin dēzl OTR1000 Truck GPS from AboutTruckDriving.com

Buy a Garmin dēzl OTR truck GPS using this handy dandy Amazon Affiliate link!

Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:

TD74: Doing Dallas from AboutTruckDriving.com

TD75: Who’s A Trucker? from AboutTruckDriving.com

TD76: The Spitting “Christian” Zealot from AboutTruckDriving.com

TD80: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Trucker Style from AboutTruckDriving.com

TD83: A Trucker Visits Carhenge from AboutTruckDriving.com

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TD150: Trucking News Galore!

Podcast Show Notes

Well there is no main topic in the podcast today, but we’ve got enough news, listener feedback, and other stuff to choke a hippo… provided a hippo would try to eat stuff like that.

Anywho, we’ll be covering truck recalls and lots of stuff about truck brakes, myths about truck inspections, truck parking, new hours-of-service clarifications, and we’ll learn about winter fuel additives.

Good news on the economy and trucker pay is always good, but dash cams, drug testing, delayed driver training guidelines, and drivers getting sued, not so much.

Listener feedback covers, trucking schools, elogs, “smart” trailers, autonomous trucking, and of course, tailgating truckers.

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Be sure to check out the 50% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you’re there. This deal is only available for a limited time!

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Budweiser Wassup commercial

Daimler recalls 142,110 Freightliner Cascadias for faulty brake lights from FreightWaves.com

Kenworth recalls 1,400 trucks for possible brake issue from OverdriveOnline.com

Brake Safety Week sidelined more than 5,000 trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking Law: Busting myths about inspection regulations from OverdriveOnline.com

Paul O. Taylor is managing partner of Truckers Justice Center and has represented truck drivers for over 25 years. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or at TruckersJusticeCenter.com.

Traton, Navistar Reach Agreement on $3.7 Billion Buyout from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Q&A: Should I use diesel fuel additives in the winter? from OverdriveOnline.com

TD119:Winter Truck Driving Tips From An Alaskan Trucker from AboutTruckDriving.com

Hazmat renewal waiver extended through 12/31 from OverdriveOnline.com

Answering hours questions, as some ELDs falsely flag errors when new rule options used from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA Unveils HOS Resource as Revised Rules Take Effect from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Educational Tool for Hours Of Service (ETHOS)

ETHOS detailed instructions

FMCSA Says HOS Rules Still Apply To Self-Driving Truck Drivers… At Least For Now from TheTruckersReport.com

Waymo Begins Fully Driverless Rides for All Arizona Customers from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Trucking Approaches Holiday Shipping Season ‘Unlike Any Seen Before’ from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Trucker Pay Increasing as Driver Shortage Grows, Industry Capacity Tightens from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

FMCSA delays driver training implementation until 2022 from LandLineMag.com

TD147:Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School from AboutTruckDriving.com

Making the decision to accept your fleet’s camera — or not from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking Law: No false positives, no room for excuses in today’s drug tests from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

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.

Owner-Operator Ordered To Pay $411 Million: Largest Verdict Ever from TheTruckersReport.com

Driver Whose Truck Entered Crowded Protest Faces Charges from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Judge Overturns 12 Year Sentence For Pilot Flying J Exec, Says Jury Shouldn’t Have Been Allowed To Hear “Deeply Offensive” Recording from TheTruckersReport.com

Driver feedback wanted on I-10 truck parking issues from OverdriveOnline.com

I-10 Truck Parking Availability System survey

FMCSA Seeks Nominations for Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Trucker Grub segment:

Scott Gunter, aka @Killjoy in the Trucker Dump Slack Group tells us about Rutter’sconvenience stores, where you can get some really good grub for cheap.

Links mentioned in the Listener Feedback segment:

Service mention: TruCon.app for Ontario drivers

Product mention: Brooklyn Fuel Bucket Mattress from Brooklyn Bedding at TruckingMattress.com
 
Trevor Dunkel aka @Koolaid in the Trucker Dump Slack Group, talks about his experience with Schneider’s smart trailer app that was discussed in TD149: Job Hopping In The Trucking Industry.
 
Todd R aka @RoadToad in the Trucker Dump Slack Group, follows-up about the racism and prejudice in his Canadian truck driving school that we talked about TD149: Job Hopping In The Trucking Industry.
 
 
Gabe is a trucker and has some thoughts about TD95: 4 Reasons That Trucker Might Be Tailgating You. I mention TD66: Truckers Go Turtle Racing in my response.
 
Nick Mack shares an audio comment about his experiences with his truck driving school and being a driver trainer.
 
Aniruddh Mohan from Carnegie Mellon University study on how autonomous trucks are perceived by truckers. Email him at aniruddh@cmu.edu or text him at 412-576-4494 to schedule an interview.

 

Show info:

You can email your comments, suggestions, questions, or insults to TruckerDump@gmail.com
 
 
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