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Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government

Letters: Reregulation (cont.), Climate Change

I differ from the “Reregulation, Please” letter writer’s view that small carriers are offering transport service prices that are too cheap. Yes, there are some shoestring trucking operations hauling for very low freight rates, but there also are large carriers doing the same.

August 3, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Government, Safety, Equipment

Letters: Nitrogen in Tires, Brokers Revisited, Impossibly Low Rates, California Reefers, It’s All About Freight, Squeaky Wheels

In reference to the story, “Safeway Fleet Set to Fill Tires With Nitrogen,” which appeared July 6 on p. 8, I have been using nitrogen in my fleet since 2005. We have noticed that the tires stay at a constant pressure, and we have been able to get well over 250,000 miles out of our drive tires and 150,000 miles out of our steer tires.

July 27, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Fuel, Government

Letters: Early Safety Adopted; Reregulation

Any trucking company that takes the leadership position in safety and in clean air is to be commended. But doing so through high-tech safety and Environmental Protection Agency ventures makes the outcome risky.

July 20, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business

Letters: Factor vs. Bank, Highway Reauthorization

In normal financial times, banks usually turn down 95% of all loan requests. During today’s difficult times, banks are just not making loans — especially to new clients. So, what should you do: Give up, or go the route that can keep your business prospering and even growing?

July 13, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government

Letter to the Editor: Reregulation, Please

Now that the federal government is taking over big businesses, it is time to reregulate trucking industry rating structures. We need price stabilization of rates so we can purchase equipment and train our personnel properly.

July 6, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government

Letters: Highway Safety, Safety Concerns, Belt-Tightening, Offensive Analysis, Most Expensive Gas

There are some good safety points that should be considered, including a “graduated” commercial driver license, but it makes no sense for new CDL drivers to be transporting hazardous materials, oversize loads or double and triple trailers until they have accumulated 100,000 or more accident-free miles driving a commercial vehicle.

June 29, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Logistics

Letters: Wise Up, 3PLs

I know we’re in a national recession, money and credit are very tight and the banks are hogging all the money and have put wicked restrictions on everyone’s cash flow. But despite these money problems, third-party people seem to expect the trucks they hire to run for nearly free — especially when it comes to hauling overdimensional freight.

June 22, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Government, Safety

Letters: Dropping Rates, Volvo Disagrees

Since 1978, when I started operations, I have watched the trucking industry continually tear itself down. There will always be another fool with enough money to buy a cheap truck, charge below-profit rates and go out of business, while the next fool is in line to take his or her place.

June 15, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business

Letter to the Editor: Technology and Training

Where would the trucking industry be without technology? Consider for a moment the vast array of technology available to carriers and the benefit each provides.

June 8, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business

Letter to the Editor: To the Swiftest

I enjoyed the opinion piece titled “To the Swiftest Go the Spoilers” by Phil Romba in the May-June Equipment & Maintenance Update supplement to the May 18 issue of Transport Topics.

June 1, 2009