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Truck drivers (again)
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grandma    Posted 02-08-2005 at 16:11:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just read all that c**** about truck drivers and it got my dander up and had to add my quarters worth. Thare no more stupid,or bad truck drivers then the rest of the drivers on the road. You should spend a week with a a long hauler and see what he has to put up with. I am not a little old lady who drives her car only on Sunday.I have driven from Seattle to Boston three times,from Seattle to L.A. God knows how many times so have seen a lot crazy drivers.I have run out of gas out in the middle of nowhere,I would be there yet if not for a truck driver. In the days before cell phones hell, I am the only one here who can remeber that so won't go on. I guess I have spent my quarter.


ret    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:03:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
difference between a stupid car driver and a stupid truck driver is the fact that a truck has so little room for error. Why do these idiots insist on driving 75 when the limit is 70?. And I remember before cell phones too, even before dial.
REt


Jerry    Posted 02-08-2005 at 19:17:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
You folks should stop complaining about truck drivers. Who was our comander in chief when the trucking industry got deregulated. That put more trucks on the roads on the roads. And has almost killed the railroads. The railroads helped build this country.


Pitch    Posted 02-08-2005 at 16:39:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know it sounds like I am painting all drivers with the same broad brush and it is not fair. But it is the ones I see every day that I base my opinion on. My brother has been drivin for probably 20 years now. He started for a contractor driving ten wheel dumps then went to hauling aluminum rolls from Northern NY to Georgia and back hauling granite curbing. Now he finally got a local run if you call two days out local mostly hauling bean oil and when thats slow he hauls nitrate fertilizer.
When I worked at the Army base the Ammo and special commodity haulers were sharp top notch equipment, Now the container guys were atotally different story Hauled containers of general freight in from MOT North Carolina and NJ, These guy were nothing but bums. I remember three in particular that used to run in from Jersey, the dispatcher always ran them together cause only one could speak rudimentary English. They would pull up to the scale house and the leader would climb out and say "Militalli Cago" and point at his bill, the other two would smile and wave their paperwork. We never could give them a back haul cause their trucks were such wrecks.Bald tires brakes out of spec, chafed hoses, inoperable lights etc.
I met a lot of decent folks that were drivers on that job but I met a lot of scum also.
I guess the old saying is true the bad ten percent color the good ninety percent.


Willy-N    Posted 02-08-2005 at 16:22:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank You! You could spend Fifty Cents if you want! Mark H.


toolman    Posted 02-08-2005 at 17:00:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
and one more thing i,ll say on the subject, up here they have us all pay a fuel tax , that is supposed to go toward highway upgrades and improvements, most of the is spent by the government to try and get reelected and not alot goes in roads anymore, we have a highway here on the side of a mountain that was at best expected to handle about 10000 vehicles a year and recents studies had shown that 10000 and more are now using it every day, with that much increased traffic and alot of it is big rigs mixed in, that is a recipe for distaster, there are many reasons for the increased truck accidents but poor driver are a factor wheather we want to admit it or not, i have spent many a long lonely nigh on the highways and relied on a trucker if i had problems , but it seems i spent more time watching out for them,and most of it is not their fault they have families to feed,but like any industry there are those that would also be better suited for something else something less dangerous to the public.bet Paul Landery of the BCTA wouls disagree with me lol.what a fellow he is he should of been a policition , maybe that will be his next position when somebody finally runs him outa this one.


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