Something that’s going on in the trucking industry today that really bugs me, are the ‘long combination vehicle set ups’, or ‘L.C.V’s’, are they are so affectionately called by the carriers utilizing them.
One look at these behemoth units and the fact that they are even ALLOWED on our highways, tells one thing for certain, about the state or provincial D.O.T. regulators. It’s not about safety at all, it’s about money. No surprise to you, I’m sure.
Safety? Not Really
While the D.O.T. likes to promote safety as their mandate, anyone with a brain, can look at these monsters, and see that there’s no way they can be as safe as a conventional 18 wheel set up.
Imagine one of those things, jack-knifing on an icy road. We’re told by the carriers that they check the weather forecast before dispatching these things. I have yet to see the day, when weather forecasting is an exact science. So what they are doing is deciding what THEY feel is a justifiable risk to the public, for money.
In the D.O.T’s defence, they don’t make the laws, they enforce them. Our politicians make the laws. I wonder how many steak and lobster dinners and paid vacations D.O.T. top dogs receive, to go along with the idea?
The concept of these huge rigs are all funded by big carriers and manufacturers dollars, which are siphoned through politicians and lobbyists, who of course, benefit financially as well.
The Trucking Industry Must Also Shoulder Some of the Blame
It’s quite a system we’ve got to legalize and justify unnecessary risk to our public highways.
Sadly though, we in trucking, must share part of the blame as well.
Who on earth would offer to drive these things? I can see the appeal of the challenge to haul one of these big rig set-ups and the sense of pride in the skill at the completion of every successful trip. That appeal however, shouldn’t outweigh the safety and risk factors. These drivers choose the job and the risk, over the public’s safety and their own safety, and that isn’t right.
These truckers are putting another fellow driver out of a job, by pulling the extra trailer…. twice the risk and twice the work for a few cents more per mile….. contributing to the feasibility of these dangerously over sized rigs on our roads.
Once again it’s a matter of tackling of a problem from the wrong angle. Axles can keep on being added to make trailers longer, and trailers can be doubled up, but at the end of the day, this is to make profit on volume, when the REAL truth is …..the freight just doesn’t pay enough…. THIS is the real problem that needs fixing. So many of this industry’s problems would be solved by improving the pay to the trucker, ‘the front-line workers and the backbone of the industry’.
I say, ‘Quit trying to redesign the whole thing trucking industry and pay the truckers what they are truly worth’.