We’re back with Part 2 of the interview with Zach Smacher, about what it’s like for a new trucker in their first 6 months. We left off with a cliffhanger, so that’s where we’ll pick it back up.
But first we’re going to talk about the FMCSA’s new rules about COVID extensions and how they’re bending over backwards to get new truckers into the industry. We’ll also talk about President Biden’s vaccine mandate and how that’s going to affect the trucking industry. And in related news, how to get your own authority if you want to sidestep the mandate. LOL
What else? The pros and cons of working for a union shop, no government money for truck parking, higher per diem rates starting soon, lower Social Security benefits expected in the future, a naughty fuel card company, changes to an age-old technology - the CB, and with winter coming up, I’ll point you to a great resource for chain laws state-by-state.
In the listener feedback segment, we’ll congratulate a new CDL holder, help another potential new trucker, and a couple of drivers want to discuss hazardous materials handling.
Dr. Alexander E. Underwood works at KT Health Clinic near Springfield, MO. He can be reached at 855–943-3518 or email him at email@example.com.
This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:
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Links mentioned in the news segment:
Chains required in Colorado beginning Sept. 1 from OverdriveOnline.com
Chain laws state-by-state from TheTruckersReport.com
More COVID emergency waivers extended from OverdriveOnline.com
FMCSA adds reporting requirement with extension of COVID HOS waiver from OverdriveOnline.com
FMCSA Shows CDL Flexibility to Get Newly-Minted Drivers On Road from TheTruckersReport.com
IRS per diem rate going up by $3 next month from FreightWaves.com
FTC Takes Fuel Card Company To Court Over ‘Hidden Fees’ from TheTruckersReport.com
Pros & Cons of Working For a Truck Driver Union Shop from TheTruckersReport.com
What would happen if employers forced truckers to get vaccinated? from OverdriveOnline.com
Biden vaccine mandate may worsen low driver retention rates from FreightWaves.com
How Biden's vaccine mandate could impact owner-ops, independents from OverdriveOnline.com
Get your own authority: How to tackle the basics of filing, insurance, more from OverdriveOnline.com
$3.5 trillion spending bill — and not one penny for truck parking from FreightWaves.com
Social Security to become unable to pay full benefits sooner than previously estimated from MarketWatch.com
Biggest change for CBs in four decades as FM mode gets approved by FCC from OverdriveOnline.com
Links mentioned in the interview:
TD129: 4 Ways To Become A More Efficient Trucker from AboutTruckDriving.com
TD149: Job-Hopping In Trucking from AboutTruckDriving.com
TD152: When Should You Look For A New Trucking Job? from AboutTruckDriving.com
TD97: A Trucker's Worst Nemesis - Complacency from AboutTruckDriving.com
TD104: Complacency Strikes from AboutTruckDriving.com
TD66: Truckers Go Turtle Racing from AboutTruckDriving.com
Zachary can be reached at ZacharySmacher@aol.com, or you can find him on the Trucker Dump Slack group and Facebook page as @smackerman.
Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:
Congratulations to Angela Peters, who just got her Class A CDL with tanker and hazmat endorsements!
Steven Burnham joins the Trucker Dump Slack group and is looking to get his CDL through a company.
Scott Lucas joined the Trucker Dump Slack group. Where are you, Scott?
Billy Loving asked for the Trace