March 2006 Letters

Should’ve folded
The February 2006 Land Line article, “Hold ’em or fold ’em” on used trucks was right on.

However, it was too late for me. I lost more than $11,000 on the fleet truck I purchased in Pennsylvania.

Steve Borghese
Manchester, NH

Thanks for keeping me in touch with the industry
I want to first thank you for a great magazine.

I grew up in a trucking family; my father has been a trucker for 34 years. At 63, he still drives over-the-road for Arnold Transportation. As a kid, I was proud of how my father could handle such a big truck, and I wanted to be just like him.

After my five years in the Army I came home and got my CDL. After 14 years of driving across North America, I gave up driving civilian trucks and re-enlisted in the Army to drive for them in Iraq.

My wife sends me my subscription of Land Line so I can keep up to date on what’s going on in the trucking industry. Please keep up the good work you are doing for the industry I love so much. Thanks.

John Moore
Belvidere, IL

Speed limiters OK for some
Concerning governing and speed limiting of trucks, I would recommend limiting truck speeds to 75 mph and have drivers with less than two years experience limited to 60 mph.

There are too many trucks running 75 mph – and higher – up and down the road. Why is there no concern by drivers and companies to try and reduce speed to save on fuel, and reduce wear and tear on tires and equipment?

Companies could offer an additional five cents per mile to drivers who volunteer to have their trucks governed from 75 to 65, and companies would still come out ahead. Trucks are still idling away at the truck stops, and diesel is still high because demand is high.

Can you teach an old dog a new trick? Probably not. As oil prices continue to rise, it will be the government forcing us to learn, whether we like it or not.

Bruce Luetschwager
Griffith, IN

Thanks for quality radio programming
I want to thank “Land Line Now” for the shows that were done on the software for your PC. I also see the links on the Web site, which are very helpful. Thanks for what you all do and from all of us out here trying to make a good life for our loved ones. Keep up the good work “Land Line Now.”

Michael Card
Winchester, KY

Shame on TIA for not endorsing OOIDA’s model contract
We have a small truck line and brokerage in Des Moines, IA, and I have been privileged to be an OOIDA member since 1992. OOIDA has been essential to our growth and the success of the owner-operators who have joined our company. I am upset that TIA did not embrace OOIDA’s opinion. Recently, I joined TIA and was concerned when I read the list of directors was dominated by large brokerages.

But before we throw the baby out with the bath water, a bad TIA contract is better than 99 percent of the other broker contracts. To be able to have one uniform “fair” contract beats the heck out of fighting with a few hundred bad contracts and being coerced into signing them. Thanks for 14 great years and many more.

Jack Sawyer 
Des Moines, IA

Run compliant is still the best answer
After listening to the discussions on HOS and black boxes on “Land Line Now” and after some long and arduous thought, my conclusion is still the same. Run compliant and abide by the posted speed limits. Let the problems of delivery schedules and delays fall on the shippers and receivers. Let’s not create more problems for ourselves, but rather place it back on their shoulders. Thank you so very much for what you do to help the trucking industry.

Tom Bulifant
Bremen, GA

A shop that does it right
After stopping at Freightliner in Des Moines, IA, for a repair, I walked into the building thinking it would be just like all the others, but I was surprised at the friendly service and prompt attention to my repair and the clean – and I do mean clean – facility. I was on the road in no time at all, and it was less than I expected to pay. I was really impressed with them and their craftsmanship.

Robert “Brownie” Brown 
Taylorsville, UT.

Speed limiters: Just a trick
My comment is on the mandatory speed limiters that some groups are trying to impose upon truck drivers. I believe that the speed limiter rule is just a trick to lure drivers to companies who have governed, or slow trucks – rather, elephants. Also, I believe that it will be unsafe. It will be nothing but a bunch of elephants, or obstacles, going down the road.

Jeffrey Green
Lake Havasu City, AZ

Speed limiters for whom?
With whom does the cause of speeding accidents with fatalities fall upon? The big trucks or four-wheelers? Who is at fault the most, statistically? Why is it we are always the ones that have to sacrifice?

Yes, at times we are at fault. But to date, mandated laws for just us and not the general public has yet to work. They just keep making new rules for us and it keeps getting worse. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the general public needs to change, not just us.

If speed limiters become regulated, I guess I will just keep fixing this old truck or retire from the trucking business all together.

Janice Drouin
New Port Richey, FL

‘Sell America craze’
Have we turned into a country of eBay? Since NAFTA our country has been moving jobs to other countries. Wal-Mart used to be “only made in America.” Now, it has turned into “only made in China.”

Lately other states have joined the “sell America craze.” Indiana is trying to sell its tax payer paid highway to a foreign country for $3.8 billion. Now, there is a deal to let some of our East Coast ports be controlled by United Arab Emirates.

I don’t know about you, but my tax money paid for all this. I don’t recall anybody asking me if we can sell. If we are selling, does this mean I get a percentage of the profits they plan to make? I didn’t think so.

Steven Guimond
Saint Agatha, ME

Another dimwitted ATA idea
My opinion on ATA’s idea of putting speed limiters on trucks from the manufacturer is the same as my opinion on most of their ideas. They are ignorant of the actual facts of truck driving. They have no driving experience and only look for ways to benefit themselves.

I have been an owner-operator for a number of years and try to drive within the speed limits, with safety being the top consideration. This applies to road, weather and traffic conditions. There have been times that more speed was needed to avoid a situation.

If you limit the speed on all trucks to 68 mph, you will create more dangerous situations than you would avoid. It will create traffic congestion on the interstate system worse than it is, and there will be more road rage from automobile drivers. I hope OOIDA will fight this nonsense and show the facts and figures of what this will cause.

Frank Mitzen
Vandergrift, PA

Editor’s note: You can rest assured, Frank, OOIDA is on record as being against mandatory speed limiters. The Association has filed official comments with the government in Ontario, Canada, in relation to a proposal there from a motor carrier’s organization to have government-mandated speed limiters activated on all trucks operating in that Canadian province.