We have enough regulations to solve our problems
I could write a 10-page letter and list all of my personal aggravations, but let’s just get to the point. The simple thing to do is use the regulations already in place to get the changes we want so we can get to where we can at least make a living.
Think about this: What if for the month of August everyone started their 34-hour restart Monday morning at 9 a.m.? There are five Mondays in August so what if even 60 percent of trucks sat from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 p.m. Tuesday for their 34-hour restart? What are they going to do, give out tickets for following the rules?
The only way to make somebody understand there’s a problem is when it costs them money. If you would have warehouses that can’t supply their customers because they only had deliveries for three days instead of five, cafes that can’t serve meals because they didn’t get their daily deliveries, and gas stations that have no gas to sell for two days, then you’re probably going to get some attention.
Actions speak louder than words. So the ATA lobbying Congress or challenging a regulation in court is all a waste of time and money. If people started to run out of everyday items, maybe they would realize what trucks do for them.
I’m not against safety, but the problem with trucking regulations is that to government it’s not about safety, it’s just a revenue source. If it was really about safety, then DOT inspectors would be mechanics or, at the very least, former truck drivers. It never ceases to amaze me that somebody who probably couldn’t move my truck 100 feet without tearing something up can tell me everything that’s wrong with it.
This is something that companies should be able to get on board with to prove your drivers follow all the rules. If this was done right, we might even be able to get a national education program to explain the concept of [highway merging] to people.
Drivers responsible for industry’s decline
This is in answer to the letter published in the July issue, titled “Industry leaning too far left,” claiming the Obama administration is antibusiness, anti-oil and anti-coal and why anyone in this industry would support Obama’s policies is hard for the writer to understand. The writer of this letter must have been on sabbatical from 2000 to 2008 or he was a supporter of the Republican policies because here is what the Bush administration did for small business truckers and consumers alike:
1. They gave us $4-a-gallon gas and diesel, gave big oil $9 billion in subsidies from our tax dollars, while they were making billions of dollars in profit quarterly.
2. Were against the mandatory fuel surcharge.
3. Backed and signed the bill to enable states to toll all existing interstates. Also, enabling states to sell, to the highest bidder, our existing toll roads, like in Indiana.
4. Went all the way to the Supreme Court to get Mexican trucks into the lower 48 states.
5. Lost 7 million jobs, most in the manufacturing industry.
I could go on and on but we, as business men and women, taxpayers, and consumers, were left with quite a mess. So, if Obama is anti-big business and the Republicans are anti-small business, not only is trucking in trouble, the whole country is.