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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Time for Change.

The number one reason long haul companies need to be forced to pay their drivers by the hour and not by the km/mile. That is the top of the trailer ripped off and all it's cargo spilled out. I don't know what happened to the driver, but from the angle of the cab, at best he/she was injured, at worst, well, you know.

The number two reason is that red truck halfway down the bank. It didn't look damaged, but most people don't park or drive in the ditches.

There were no tire marks on the road and chances are good the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Trying to earn some decent money at a thankless job. If you have a bit of time, write a letter to your member of parliament/congress person and ask them to help change the level of safety on our highways by forcing the last hold out to a bygone era to pay their employees by the hour. No one works more hours than they are getting paid for, but many drivers will push their limits beyond what is healthy or safe in order to make a decent dollar by the km/mile. Current laws and enforcements aren't working and people are dying. Time for that to stop.

4 Comments:

  • Hey, I just found your blog and I just got done checking out your patterns. Good stuff!

    By Blogger kathleen, at 7:29 PM, July 26, 2007  

  • You are right. Some truckers think another cup of joe will keep them going.... but none to often, it doesn't keep them safe or the other drivers on the road.

    By Blogger Diana, at 8:16 PM, July 26, 2007  

  • That is terrible.
    So true, it is shocking in this day and age that drivers can be forced to work like slaves for a pittance (not that it would be ok for more money...)

    By Blogger Miss Scarlett, at 12:30 AM, July 27, 2007  

  • we have the same problem in australia. also have those trucks that are road trains (three trailers). forced to rush. i think the laws here are such that the victims can sue the company that puts people under pressure. it's easy to blame the driver, but s/he's just trying to feed the family. there's not a lot of protection for the driver who says he can't do it, because he has to sleep.

    By Blogger IHateToast, at 9:53 PM, July 28, 2007  

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