The Daily Trucker | May 10, 2021
Hello everyone! It’s time for your daily Monday Trucker News update!
We have a lot of news to cover today, including:
- Which famous truck stop hosts a vaccination clinic
- How many DOT fines increased in 2021
- And what the National Truck Driving Championship looks like this year.
So, let’s move on to trucking!
Pug: Hy-Vee Iowa 80 Truckstop Pharmacy will be offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics starting today! They are open to anyone 18 years of age and over and will be located on the third floor of the Iowa 80 Main Building. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccines will be offered. The dates are today, May 10: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Wednesday May 13: 5 to 8 p.m. – Thursday May 14: 5 to 8 p.m. – Friday May 15: 5 to 8 p.m. – Saturday May 16: 5 to 8 p.m. To make an appointment you, visit the Iowa 80 website or call the Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Britnee: The strike by United Auto Workers at Volvo’s New River Valley Truck Assembly Plant has ended after a two-week work stoppage. The parties reached a 5-year provisional agreement. Details are withheld until UAW members can be notified ahead of a vote in the coming days. If approved, the contract will cover approximately 2,900 plant employees. The plant employs more than 33 hundred people and uses an investment of $ 400 million for advanced technology upgrades, site expansion and preparation of future products. The plant has added 11 hundred jobs since the current union agreement in 2016 and is on track to have 600 more positions in 2021, according to Volvo.
Carlin: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration medical review board will look at the vision standard for truckers at its next meeting, May 19-20. The virtual meeting is open to the public. The board will assess comments on a proposed settlement starting in January. If finalized, this rule would allow drivers who cannot meet the current standard for distant visual acuity, field of vision, or both, with one eye, to be physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Currently, these pilots cannot be qualified without an exemption from the FMCSA. The board will also conduct a review of the medical assessment form for CMV drivers with non-insulin-dependent diabetes. If you want to join the meeting, you can! You can even register in advance, but you don’t have to.
Britnee: For the second time this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with other Department of Transportation agencies, is updating fines for violations of federal trucking regulations for inflation. These increases are required by law – and the new fine amounts take effect immediately. To find the adjustment amount for 2021, the DOT had to multiply the penalty amount by the percentage change between the consumer price for October 2020 and the index for October 2019, which means that for 2021 , all fines increased by 1.02%.
Carlin: Look at that! A friend of the Truck Boss Show – Ed Miller, former driver, transporter operator and security man – has his memoir presented by Amazon! “A Trucker’s Tale: Wit Wisdom and True Stories From 60 Years on the Road” is part of Amazon’s “Kindle Monthly Deals” program. Until the 30th, you can hang the book on any Kindle device for just 1-99! You can also find our interview with him on the Boss Truck Show YouTube! Just look for Ed Miller.
Britnee: The American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championship will be different this year… It’s going virtual. Starting July 31st with the State Rounds there will be trivia contests with questions about driver facts, federal and state laws, state trucking history and culture. The prize rounds will take place August 11-13, and the National Battle of the States will take place on August 14.
That’s it for today’s update!
Tune in tomorrow for all the trucking news you need!