Letters to the Editor: Fuel Price Crisis, LTLs, Truck Weights, Hurricane Season
This bill may be good for the shippers and receivers, but it is bad for the trucking industry and I would encourage everyone to attack the bill vigorously.
We have experienced enough interference in our industry already. We don’t need someone giving shippers and receivers ammunition to take advantage of us any more than they already do with low rates. What needs to happen is either for rates to go up — or for someone to take these oil company executives out behind the woodshed and give them a good “whoopin’.”
Promise Land Transport
My company works with Ventura Transfer Co., which has created a hurricane preparedness list for shippers and transporters that we’d like to share — particularly now that the 2008 hurricane season is officially under way.
If anything positive has come out of major storms such as Hurricane Katrina, it must be the determination to be prepared. Even if you don’t operate in hurricane territory, these rules can be adapted to other natural disasters as well. In fact, you can begin by reviewing all your safety policies, not just for hurricanes. After that:
• Don’t wait for a hurricane warning to be issued before paying attention. Get a hurricane tracking chart and place it in public view. Everyone should be aware of possible danger zones. Assign one person to be in charge of updating the chart.
• Once hurricane season begins, create an emergency plan with your carrier and transloaders. Include possible alternate routes, storage facilities and expanded timelines.
• Check in with all parties to review plan implementation four to five days before beginning transloading or transfer projects.
• If possible, secure forward storage of at least two weeks worth of material.
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