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Truckers News Staff | February 01, 2012

Final straw. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’m out of here. Without split break, they can kiss my a–. — Joe P.

Truck drivers do what truck drivers do to get the job done that’s expected of truck drivers, within reason, of course. I am not a member of the Hours of Service B—- and Whine Club. Never have been, never will be. The true professionals of this industry are a dying breed. — James J.

That’s just one of the reasons why I retired from trucking. I got tired of being dispatched on loads that were “late right out of the gate” and physically impossible to deliver on time. — Michael O.

FMCSA seems to have very little concern for the way four-wheeler traffic operates around commercial vehicles. New hours-of-service rules will have very little effect on highway safety, if any at all. With more and more traffic on the road every year, they can regulate us all into bankruptcy, and highway safety will not have been changed one little bit. They need a general traffic safety administration, not one that just targets trucks, when trucks aren’t the problem. — Duncan B.

Not really too worried at the moment. I’m sure they will change them a few more times before the final ruling. Not that they will get any better. I’m with the others; put the lawmakers under the same rules and see how they like it. Not that it will happen. — Bruce C.

Trucking is unsafe, period. Always has been and always will be a dangerous job. Educate, don’t regulate! Teach the general public to give us a little space. That would have a greater effect on reducing serious crashes than new hours of service will. — Duncan B.

| Via Twitter |

Disappointed … 11 hours on duty is not about safety. Also, I wanted to see the 5-on/5-off schedule put back for teams. — @TruckerDee

No real feelings on it. The 34 will be harder to obtain. But other than that I don’t see a big deal. @ravin4565

 

6 tons of potato pride

Trucking news emerged from the Dec. 16 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl like a shoot from a half-pound baker left on the windowsill. Women in Trucking sponsored a salute to the females of our industry during the televised contest — and check out the giant re-creation of one of those half-pound Idaho symbols of pride, set on a trailer and pulled by a Kenworth T660 supplied by the Kenworth Sales Company on a one-year rental contract. Unveiled at the football game (the Ohio Bobcats bested the Utah State Aggies in a last-minute squeaker), the 6-ton, 28-foot-long potato created over the course of a year has since set off on a tour behind the Kenworth T660 pictured in honor of the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th anniversary. While the eye-catching more-than-a-spud can’t be eaten, it will foster a lot of looks and photos, and that’s exactly what the IPC wants. To learn more about the tour, go to http://www.bigidahopotato.com, or check out the Dec. 28 entry on Truckers News Senior Editor Todd Dills’ Channel 19 blog: http://www.overdriveonline.com/channel19.

 

 

How will trucking issues play into this year’s presidential election?

“Pay scales are not reflecting the demands of the industry — it’s a cutthroat industry, a dog-eat-dog industry. All the competition holds down wages. And technology’s great, but drivers are a little overwhelmed with everything — a lot of drivers have information overload at this point. If the government were to do anything to help me, I want equal protection under the law. If I’m not allowed to put a handset to my ear, why are auto drivers allowed to do that?”

 

James Shellenberger

Roehl Transport

Wisconsin

 

“New rules and regulations are making it more and more difficult for us to make money … You get penalized for being a truck driver.”

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