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In this episode we cover…

  • Cops watch a Krispy Kreme truck burn.
  • FMCSA makes it easier to get a CDL
  • New trucker hat knows when your sleepy.

All this and more news, along with our Cat Scale Rig of the Week.

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  1. Dale Anderson

    January 8, 2019 at 3:49 am

    My response to the Blacksmokematters movement and Trucksstandasone.

    “When any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.”

    The motto these idiots use….or should i say, misuse.

    This part of the Declaration of Indepence is about overthrowing the government, not excercising a right. First and most obviously, it would be foolish and wrong to overthrow a government that was performing its proper duty–securing the rights of its citizens. Trucks and truck drivers are a minority. We have rights, but that doesnt mean we can DEMAND anything. That is true even if the government is not entirely based on the consent of the governed.

    The quote these fools use, is by Thomas Jefferson…a man and statesman that believed that without proper structure, chaos ensues. It is the reason the founding fathers gave ordinary men (and women) three forms of redress against government wrong doing… through the courts, through the ballot box, and through petition. None of the proper tools are being used by these fools who suggesting that anarchy and infliction of their wills on the governed is the proper form of action.

    Just like when the “blacklivesmatter” shut down freeways in this country, they are becoming part of the problem, not the solution.

    I read a short article in which the reporter questioned some of these supporters of the movement. None of them could articulate a proper reason or focus for the government to redress. It sounded like whiney sniveling jilted 3 year olds…and thats my opinion on their so called movement.

    The Declaration was not a battle cry for idiots. In it it, it included the “Declare the causes”..the preamble.. that indicates they are publicly stating the reasons and justifying their actions rather than acting as thieves in the night. The Declaration is like the indictment of a criminal that states the basis of his criminality. But the ultimate judge of the rightness of their cause will be God, which is why the revolutionaries spoke of an “appeal to heaven”…then whereby does their apoeal lie? There is a difference between being offended, and having your rights abused by the government.

    The founding fathers recognized the obligation to provide the rest of the world with an explanation they can evaluate for themselves.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “

    The most famous line of the Declaration. Yet these social movements dont give rise to ideals. They only give excuses. Inalienable rights are those you cannot give up even if you want to and consent to do so, unlike other rights that you can agree to transfer or waive.

    The courts throughout history have supported and affirmed the right of Congress and by its permission, the Executive…the express DUTY to regulate interstate commerce….thats you in a nutshell as a truck driver..a part of interstate commerce. No one forces you to drive a truck or work in trucking. You volunteer. And thus you volunteer to be a good steward to which God has enabled you and a tiny piece if what the government has the express right to regulate. Being a part of the minority, many of us have accepted our responsibility.

    So as the quote i aforementioned explains, is a miscontext…or out of context quote to much disdain. Here is the whole paragraph of which the quote has been borrowed:

    “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    Hmmmm. Guess they wanted to leave it out for a reason. To many. Including me..it is obvious.

    Truck driving is not a right. Driving is not a right. It is a privelege. And because it is such, the safety and happiness is of more importance to the people as whole, than the redress of those who are offended or unhappy.

    Thanks for listening.

    Pastor Dale Anderson
    Pine River, Mn

    Veteran of Trucking for 26 years.

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A battle for the ages: Who’s too young to drive a truck? Why not ask who’s too old?

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Hey, in case you missed it, remember the DRIVE-Safe Act? That was the bill that laid out training criteria by which anyone as young as 18 would be able to drive commercial trucks interstate.

Well, that bill died on the vine last year. The clock ran out on the legislative session before the bill could get it out of committee. But it left gums flapping over the pros and cons of the prospect.

A couple weeks ago, the idea was reintroduced in a new bill, with bipartisan support, no less. But that was among congressmen, who are generally noted as a collegial, congenial lot, at least compared to the trucking industry.

Among trucking folk, letting 18-year-olds run hither and yon over state lines has drawn battle lines, most between the usual sectors of the industry. In my capacity as a fly on the wall with nothing to gain either way, I have listened to both sides of the argument, and as is often the case I’m not completely sold in either direction, but I’m leaning.

One of the strongest arguments in favor of opening up interstate driving to younger drivers is that 48 states allow 18-year-olds to get CDLs for intrastate driving. How is driving a couple hundred miles in one big state any different than driving the same distance in five or six itty-bitty states?

There’s an equally strong argument on the other side: “Are you kidding? Let 18-year-olds drive interstate? They’re too flighty, too flaky, too dumb.”

Well, I can’t say as I disagree. Being 18 is 40 years in the rearview mirror for me, and for decades I’ve looked back at that phase between 18 to 25 as “having your grownup training wheels.” With each passing year I wish I could go back in time and whisper words of wisdom in the ear of my younger self, then smack him upside the head to make sure it sticks.

Yeah, it scares me to have kids behind the wheels of big rigs. Kids that age are careless, they’re reckless, they’re mindlessly aggressive. They think they’re going to live forever.

But you know what else scares me? The thought of old drivers behind the wheel of big rigs. They’re ornery, they’re stubborn. They’re gradually falling apart mentally and physically, and they either can’t see it or won’t admit it. They think they’re going to live forever.

There have long been calls for additional, more frequent testing of drivers after a certain age, especially commercial drivers. After living in Florida through eight snowbird seasons, I’m one of those callers. It’s even been suggested that there should be a mandatory retirement age for commercial drivers, just as there is for commercial pilots.

You don’t hear these suggestions much nowadays, now that the driver shortage has become an industry obsession. In fact, age has become a recruitment tool. “Hey, there, all you baby boomers! Still got some good working years in ya? Well, come to trucking. You won’t find any age discrimination here. We know you still got it.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age among commercial truck drivers is 55. It’s also worth noting that with truck drivers’ legendary lifestyles, their life expectancy is 61. So, yeah, there is a real crisis looming.

A 2016 study by CBS News found that 10 percent of CDL holders were 65 or older. They broke down the statistics in five-year increments, starting at age 70. The good news was there were very few accidents attributed to drivers over the age of 90. The bad news was there are, in fact, professional drivers out there over the age of 90.

There are always those who will trot out the “age is just a number” argument. “Who’s to say who’s too old? Not everyone is the same.”

Fair enough, and if you can make that argument about who’s too old, wouldn’t it also hold true as to who’s too young?

Have you seen what these 18-year-olds would have to go through under this proposal? After they qualify for a CDL, they have to successfully complete another two-step training program. Then they have to log 400 hours of on-duty time, plus 240 hours of driving time with an experienced driver on board.

Sheesh, it sounds like by the time they’re done, they’ll be more than halfway to 21 anyway. It seems to me the process itself will weed out the ones who are too immature and it will help galvanize the ones who are ready to accept the responsibility.  I kind of get the feeling that was part of the thinking when they put this proposal together.

I say give the kids a chance, or least a chance at a chance. If it’s a bad idea, it will reveal itself to be in no time.

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