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Letters: Tinted Windows, Crash Data, Broker Liability

These Letters to the Editor appear in the April 23 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.

Tinted Windows

You may want to clarify the following statement from the news item titled “Trucks May Have Tinted Windows, Group Says,” which ran April 6 in “Truck owners are allowed to tint the windshields and side windows of a truck’s cab, which could protect drivers from harmful sunlight, the International Window Film Association said.” The problem is that not all states allow such tinting.

For example, I live in Wisconsin, where any tinting on the windshield more than 4 inches from the top is illegal for all vehicles. That is basically where cars have factory tint in front of visors.

And I got a ticket in Illinois for slightly tinted side windows; they allow nothing at all — no tinting of windows on a commercial vehicle.

Tim Frank

Company Driver

Vitran Express

Baraboo, Wis.

Crash Data

I would like to comment on the decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to delay the crash data fault rulings, yet disclose to the public more information on fatal accidents (“FMCSA to Disclose Crash Data Despite Delay of Fault Rulings,” 4-9, p. 3).

I find this decision to be profoundly unfair to the motor carrier community, and it should not be implemented.

The breakout of the fatality numbers by the FMCSA should coincide with the implementation of the fault rulings. To do otherwise is a blatant injustice that can do irreparable harm to innocent, safely operating motor carriers.

For the FMCSA also to say they cannot trust the police to give an accurate account of accident details and causes is a slap in the face to law-enforcement personnel across the country. It simply makes no sense. We have to trust our police officers — who are trained and experienced in accident investigation — to give a fair and objective assessment of accident fault. Any “public” group providing input for an accident would bring emotion and motive into the decision.

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