August/September 2013 Letters

Making a difference
(In regard to the report on OOIDA Life Member Terry Button being named to the National Freight Advisory Committee) – this is a great story. Real people make a difference.

Larry Yeatman
North Port, Fla.

How about ‘miles of service’ or MOS?
The problem with the hours-of-service rules is the “hours” part. Miles of service sounds and feels like the right way to go.

There are only 24 hours in a day no matter how you force a break here or sleep there. It does absolutely nothing to make sure drivers are sleeping when they are supposed to be or breaking when they are supposed to be. All these rules do in most cases is force drivers to drive when they are tired and to sleep when they are wide awake. 

OK, now I want everyone to jump out of the box. I know there will need to be some tweaking, but here it is.

Drivers will be allowed to drive up to 600 hundred miles with an additional 50 miles to find a shutdown or parking place in any given time frame as long as they have had the customary eight to 10 hours off between their 600 miles plus 50. I think any reasonable driver would agree 650 miles is a fair day of driving.

First, it will eliminate the cheating. You can cheat a logbook and even the EBORs, but it would be difficult to cheat the odometer.

Drivers would no longer feel the need to drive even when they are tired. They could stop and nap for two or three hours knowing they can still drive the remainder of their miles.

Gerald Wong, life member
Trinity, N.C.

As seen on TV
I am writing about the website, as seen on the television show “Shipping Wars.” It is amazing to see the number of registered users and so-called trucking companies that are hauling while using this website, without having the proper MC/DOT authority to do so. I have emailed customer service at uShip, and their response was that they cannot monitor all of the registered users on their site.

There are sometimes decent loads listed on, but by the time all of the illegal transporters get done bidding on these loads, us guys that are legal can’t afford to haul the load at such a low price. 

Timothy Moore
Darlington, Pa.

Carving a niche
In response to Jim Mathews’ question at the end of his letter (published in June): “Why do carriers have this mindset?” Why? It’s because the trucking industry collectively has no real unity – and without unity in any arena, you have no backbone. Then an entity will take whatever it can get and be dictated to instead of dictating. Buddy, that’s the way it is, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.

I like the trucking industry and what it’s done for me and what I have done for it. I’m a small-time independent who is thankful every day for the niche I have carved for myself, but I know I could never work within trucking as a company hand.

In my little world, I have a backbone. I am unified with myself. Nobody bothers me and I don’t bother nobody. That’s that. Carve your own niche.

Kenny Peterson Sr.
Peoria, Ariz.

Editor’s note: Thanks, Kenny, for your letter. Glad you are a guy with a backbone. We see you are not a member of OOIDA, so let me invite you to join 150,000 other professional truckers who have backbones, too. There’s a lot of clout in numbers, and a well-organized association like OOIDA and a unified membership can wield a lot of influence. Big niche, little niche? You decide.

Aim for the heart
A lot of time and money is being spent resisting unjustified regulation – and we keep falling further and further behind, in spite all of it. That is not to say that there is no value in efforts put forth up to now, because obviously it would be much worse without that effort. But it seems to me that we ought to be targeting the opposition’s vital organs and stop focusing on their fingertips.

Dave Snellings
Crofton, Md.

Editor’s note: Dave, we got this letter before you received the July issue. You’ll like Jami Jones’ article reporting OOIDA’s rollout of our new safety agenda, focusing on real regs that can bring on real change. We are aiming for some vital organs here …

Concrete truck fan
I want to tell all of the concrete trucks, thank you for doing a good job and keep up delivering cement to the job sites. I want to tell all the cement pump people thank you, too, and keep up the good work. When you are on the road and see a concrete truck with the wheels down, you know they are going to a job site.

James Hernandez
Hesperia, Calif.