Crude talk, low rates
After a combined 15 years as a truck owner, I started hauling under my own authority four years ago. I’m baffled by the bitterness and coarseness of the language I hear over the CB. I encourage truckers to think about the overall impact of hateful talk versus the power of constructive suggestions.
I’m also dismayed, now that I’m hauling my own products, to find the low per-mile pay in for-hire freight. I know that most full van loads from shippers go for $3,000, but truckers get less than a third of that. History holds constant: It is the middle man who really gets the better deal.
LINN PRUDHOMME | Opelousas, La.
“The only guys making money are the plow operators.”
– Tandem driver Don Lanphere, 51, to Associated Press Dec. 2 after heavy snow buried I-90 in New York for 14 hours.
CSA should help enforce existing regs
According to the new CSA, problems with equipment or driving while sick will reflect on the driver before it penalizes his or her carrier, seeming to make the drivers look bad. That is actually good news because the CSA is protecting drivers by weeding out companies that are unsafe or mistreat their drivers by insisting that they drive while they are sick or have equipment violations.
If drivers refuse to drive while sick or coping with broken equipment, OSHA and the DOT should back them up. CSA is trying to enforce such policies.
As an owner-operator who had to retire due to medical reasons, I encourage truckers to follow simple guidelines: If you’re sick or have equipment problems, don’t drive.
JOE WALSH | Rotterdam, N.Y
How would Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 25 percent on 2014 model medium- and heavy-duty trucks affect you?
Pine Bluff, Ark.
First Fleet | Sweetwater, Tenn.
Leased to TransAmerica
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.