Modest proposal: ‘Let regulators have what they want’
Today, a dispatch from driver and radio host Big Al Weekley (pictured), the man behind the streaming Dispatch Me Home Radio Network site. It comes in response to Nabisco hauler Buddy Wenners’ modest proposal to regulators to skip all the preamble and really just do what they really seem to want to do, “ban truck driving,” posted to the blog here last Friday.
While Weekley says he initially responded with plenty of empathy for the sentiment, he did what I’m hoping other drivers will continue to do: He wrote his own modest proposal, also posted to the Dispatch Me Home social site, and sent it my way. His prescription for industry change for the better is somewhat similar to Wenners’, ultimately, but he couches it in a more realistic context: let ‘em have exactly what they think they want, bit by bit, and see clearly the results. Find it in full below:
Just Telling It Like It Is
Taking a good look at all the laws that are set to come into effect very shortly, let’s try to take a good look at what some of the results might be, both to the trucking industry and to the country as a whole.
1. Due to qualified driver shortages, many trucking companies will be trying to find anyone who can successfully get by screenings of all the new laws, no matter the extent of actual driving ability or on the job knowledge.
RESULT: Many more Accidents, many with fatalities, along with a great rise in driving violations resulting in costly fines and extensive insurance rate hikes to both the companies and the drivers.
2. Many trucking companies nowadays have put people who have had extensive schooling and have probably, in some cases, acquired numerous degrees, in charge of departments that are very important when it comes to the safe operation of their drivers and equipment. This may initially sound like a great idea, but after taking a more in-depth look, it’s usually found that most of these people have very little or no hands-on experience. No actual Street Knowledge, so to speak.
RESULT: The blind can’t lead the blind. There needs to be someone with enough knowledge of the actual task at hand and the possible problems that are sure to arise at some point who can make the right decisions and steer people in the right direction.
My point is, the Leaders have failed us. Not only in the Government, but in the trucking companies themselves. I know all of you are saying, “What can we do? We can’t change anything. We can’t get these people to listen to us, or remove them from power and replace them with those who will listen and try to understand. Those who actually know the problems we all face on a daily basis.”
Actually, I truly feel that the best way to accomplish any real change is to just let them pass all the laws and make all the bad decisions they want to.
Once they get all of this out of their system and have it in place like they feel they need it, We all conform to each law and decision to the letter.
We read and understand all their rules and regulations follow them to a ‘T.’
Everyone always tries to fight the system. This time, let’s just give them their way. Give them enough rope to hang themselves, so to speak. We use their own system to prove them wrong instead of trying to show them and give them warning ahead of time.
After a short time period of everyone conforming to and abiding by all the new regulations and new ideas of these so-called highly educated and very knowledgeable leaders in government and/or trucking, they’ll find themselves looking for a pen, a piece of paper, maybe something to eat, or even their toilet paper, and can’t find any, our point will have been made. Oops, sorry, too bad… It’s too late.