February 2012 Letters

Thanks for the article on Bette Garber
I lived in Chester County, PA, and worked the area for 45 years. Ms. Garber probably never took a shot of my old Macks and other Ryder iron, but she always waved from the overpass or other perch she was risking life and limb on.

John Thompson
Deming, NM

A letter to the top brass
I read in the October issue of Land Line that the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit tossed the EOBR regulation on the harassment argument.

As Webster’s Dictionary defines harassment (“to disturb persistently pester, persecute, to trouble by repeated attacks”), I would say this is a great argument. With the introduction of “modern technology,” truck drivers are now electronically tracked by their fuel cards, PrePass, Qualcomm, cellphones and electronic logs for HOS violations.
What else is needed? What’s next?

Judge Diane P. Wood stated that the court “need address only the first issue” of driver harassment. She also said FMCSA should include “an adequate explanation that addresses the distinction between productivity and harassment.”

The lobbyists for the motor carriers, shippers and receivers are all in concert with each other to ensure drivers are not paid hourly while waiting many hours to be loaded or unloaded or for any other delays en route in the HOS 14-hour window, with or without an EOBR.

These unsafe practices and conditions by the motor carriers, with the unquestionable permission of the FMCSA, are definitely harassment. (They prevent) the total utilization and maximum productivity of a driver – not to mention the invasion of privacy while off duty and non paid.

As a matter of public policy, you cannot allow any type of system that will inevitably jeopardize the life and limb of drivers and the public to further enhance the bottom lines of the motor carrier.

David P. Gaibis
New Castle, PA

Driver’s big NAFTA concern: safety
While at our post office today, I picked up the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Land Line. Your article, “Opposition Unites” on cross-border trucking is very interesting. I would like to comment on this also.

First, with all that’s going on in the world right now, the U.S. must secure our borders. However, my biggest concern is safety.

Mexican drivers are not required to have CDL licensing/endorsements. Do they have insurance to operate? Unsafe trucks and trailers, junk wagons would never meet U.S. DOT requirements.

If cross-border trucking becomes widespread, then many companies and individuals will be at a disadvantage or go out of business.

Maybe the U.S. should get tough, like Canada. If you have even a DUI, you’re not allowed in, period, whether you’re a trucker or a tourist!

Marv Cooper
Avis, PA