Abused by apnea ‘witch hunt’
I oppose current practices at sleep clinics, which are raking in the dough with little care for drivers and their potential income loss. I have been pigeon-holed due to my weight. I was found to have no symptoms, yet I am sidelined with a CPAP machine and was told I must endure monthly medical card review. That assessment was invasive and reckless and has made me lose income and possibly my ability to earn income as a driver.
It’s a witch hunt with many good drivers affected by sleep clinics that have Congress in their back pockets. I’ve never had a ticket, accident or freight claim, nor do I have problems with sleep or rest. I’ve never felt drowsy behind the wheel. But here I sit with a CPAP machine. It’s wrong.
The safety groups behind this are making a profit for these so-called sleep clinics. DON LANIER | Godfrey, Ill.
“Until we deal with that 500-pound gorilla in the room, which is inefficient hours spent not driving, we will not solve many of the issues. Just imagine if drivers received pay for waiting at customers. Many compliance issues with logging would go away.”
— John Scott, of Mount, Morris, Ill., commenting on hours of service on Overdriveonline.com
“Drivers will be doing more work for the same money, while the trucking companies will be charging more for hauling more and shippers will be saving while shipping more. Is safety or profits the priority for trucking and shipping companies?”
— Tommy Lee Wade, of Orleans, Ind., in response to Overdrive’s Facebook query on heavier truck weight limits
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