Letters: Bureaucrats, Funding Infrastructure, Assaulting Business, HOS vs. Efficiency
These Letters to the Editor appear in the April 1 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Ya gotta love it that the royalty in Washington, D.C., is so out of touch with the American people and the business world. The bureaucrats in Washington have never sat in a truck, and yet they are the ones telling me how to drive my truck. They don’t realize that everything that they eat, drink and wear is delivered by truck.
There is no shortage of drivers; there is a shortage of good-paying driving jobs. The older drivers are leaving the business because they realize how hard it is to make a living out here, and the kids coming out of school are being taken advantage of by these companies that pay nothing and keep them out a month at a time just to make $45,000 a year.
That $45,000 sounds good until you realize it’s 24/7 in a truck. When you’re not driving, you’re resting or you’re held up at a shipper. This is where the hours-of-service ruling is ridiculous. Once you start the 14-hour rule, you’re committed to 14 hours.
I see it every day: Those kids are out there running hammer down through construction zones, running on snow and ice, tailgating and trying to get every mile they can get in a day.
If the powers that be want to change the trucking business, they should try putting a limit on the time shipping and receiving can hold trucks. And don’t even get me started on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program or driver fitness, sleep apnea and more scams perpetrated on the trucking industry.
The biggest problem with the trucking industry is that it is run by anti-trucking groups.
The challenge of financing infrastructure at the state and municipal level is national in scope. However, the opportunity exists for Washington to finance $10 billion annually in new money infrastructure grants without the need for new taxes, tolls or fees at any level — and in a manner that will not affect the federal budget or deficit.
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