RESOURCES for Professional Truck Drivers

Way More Truckers Are Dying In Crashes since the ELD Mandate!

Open letter to Mr. Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator:




Dear Mr. Martinez,



PLEASE STOP KILLING TRUCK DRIVERS & other road users!



https://www.thetruckersreport.com/way-truckers-dying-crashes/



The only "significant change" since 2003 is the UNWARRANTED "new" HOS RULES and ELDs!


Before these DELETERIOUS CHANGES, roads were actually SAFER!


ELDs and/or PREPOSTEROUS "new" HOS RULES are KILLING PEOPLE, CAUSING ACCIDENTS & inflicting both physical and mental injuries & pain on Drivers & the unsuspecting public.


CEASE & DESIST this lethal error.


Data does not lie.


Here are REAL SOLUTIONS:




RESOURCES:

Most, if not ALL the so-called "Trucking Magazines" make more money today (or almost) "RECRUITING DRIVERS" for Carriers than they do advertising. BEWARE!


What they write puts a positive spin on even the biggest crap! They are paid to advertise, SELL, and recruit drivers!   Buyer BEWARE!


This has resulted in Fantastic Reviews for products that later were taken to court for multi-billion dollar lawsuits against them. Such infamous products as the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) Scandal come to mind. These were given rave reviews in "Trucking Magazines" which are 100% Financed by manufacturers and trucking companies.


The following RESOURCES provide the unbiased TRUTH. They are the EXPERIENCES of real Professional Truck Drivers, and not just advertising PROPAGANDA ("marketing"). Buyer BEWARE!




CTA Canadian Truckers Associations
https://ctatrucking.ca




ITA International Truckers Associations
https://ctatrucking.ca/ita-international




ATA American Truckers Associations
https://ctatrucking.ca/ata-usa







Canada & USA:


Trucker Radio News & Talk:
www.TruckerRadioTalk.com



The Lead Pedal Podcast:

www.theleadpedalpodcast.com


Road Dog Trucking, SIRIUS 146:
https://www.siriusxm.com/roaddogtrucking/weeklyschedule?desktop=yes

Especially KC Phillips M-F: 4pm-7pm



Overdrive's Partners in Business (PIB)
Business Manual for Owner-Operators:
https://www.overdriveonline.com/pib/pib-manual/



The Dark Side of Trucking: Industry Lies, Scams and Secrets:
https://www.smart-trucking.com/dark-side-of-trucking/



"SWEATSHOPS ON WHEELS":
https://www.amazon.ca/Sweatshops-Wheels-Winners-Trucking-Deregulation/dp/0195128869



"The Big Rig: Trucking & the Decline of the American Dream".
https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520278127/the-big-rig


 

Watchdog in Canada for Truckers:

Peter Turner, Consultant & Lobbyist

www.TheTruckersVoice.ca


watchdog.turner@gmail.com


https://www.facebook.com/lakelandconnect/videos/1101614479993928/




Black Smoke Matters

www.BlackSmokeMatters.us



TRUCKERS  STAND AS  ONE

http://www.truckersstandasone.us/






International:



Trucker Radio News & Talk:
www.TruckerRadioTalk.com



The Lead Pedal Podcast:
www.theleadpedalpodcast.com



Road Dog Trucking, SIRIUS 146:
https://www.siriusxm.com/roaddogtrucking/weeklyschedule?desktop=yes

Especially KC Phillips M-F: 4pm-7pm



"Truck That Australia"
(Whiteline Television)
Monthly TV show on Trucking in Australia:
https://www.truckingnation.com.au/






100 other Trucker websites. Some are International. Some are Commercial.

Buyer BEWARE!
https://blog.feedspot.com/trucking_blogs







A Brief History of Trucking USA:

Jimmy Hoffa, The Teamsters & The National Master Freight Agreement of 1964:
"His crowning achievement was the 1964 National Master Freight Agreement, which united more than 400,000 over-the-road truck drivers under one contract."


https://youtu.be/3mdKUyiFIco




Mike Parkhurst, the Independent Truckers Association (ITA) & Deregulation of Trucking:
The US Trucker SHUTDOWNS of 1974, 1979 & 1983 resulted in "deregulation" of Trucking in the 1980s.


"Trucker Wars DVD"




Actually:
The problem(s) all began with:
SELECTIVE DEREGULATION !


OVERREGULATION OF DRIVERS, FREE-FOR-ALL & TOTAL IMPUNITY for Shippers, Receivers and Load Brokers.


This is what needs to be corrected today. We need a HEALTHY BALANCE between HIGH FREIGHT RATES (1964) and ridiculously low Freight Prices & Professional Truck Driver pay (2019). There is a HEALTHY & FAIR BALANCE between two EXTREMES!



1) RIGHT TO DECIDE LAW for Truckers.

In a snowstorm, in other inclement weather... fog... or when a driver feels TIRED, or else just doesn't feel well, they must have the LEGAL RIGHT & PROTECTION TO SAY NO without getting FINES from carriersload brokersshippers or receivers, nor suffer any reprisals for being SAFE.

Some SAFE Companies already have a "Right to Decide" policy for their Drivers. But this must be made  the LAW, not just a "policy" for some GOOD, SAFE  Carriers/Companies.


FORCED DISPATCH & COERCION MUST BE ILLEGAL & punished by law!


Being SAFE must also not be against "The Law" as per the "new" HOS RULES of the DOT forbidding the use of 2 to 4 hour Split Sleeper Berth periods. Taking a break needs to be legalized, not criminalized!  "Arrive Alive!"



2) Load BrokersShippers & Receivers must be held ACCOUNTABLE for COERCION,  and fined for this! FINES & CSA type scores must be established for Load Brokers, Shippers and Receivers. Load Brokers that are a PUBLIC HAZARD need to have their permits revoked, just like DANGEROUS COMPANIES, CARRIERS & DANGEROUS DRIVERS.



3) ALL TRUCK DRIVER TIME MUST BE COMPENSATED. NO MORE FREE LABOUR! Eliminate UNPAID working hours. PAY ALL working hours/time.

WAITING FOR FREE FOR 4, 8 or MORE HOURS causes FATIGUE. FATIGUE can be, and is USUALLY implicated in:


"The most common driver-related factors in fatal truck or bus crashes were speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield, impairment (fatigue), and careless driving."


Especially when the Driver is COERCED and/or "expected" to MAKE UP FOR WASTED TIME BY OTHERS: Load Brokers, Shippers, Receivers,  Customs Brokers &/or the "Customs Process".

This must STOP!




For more information contact:


Rick Blatter  B.Ed., M.Sc.
(514) 953-9599


Fitness, Wellness, Safety & Efficiency.


www.RickBlatter.com

Spokesperson for the CIA-TA:
www.CIA-TA.com

CTA Canadian Truckers Associations 
ITA International Truckers Associations
ATA American Truckers Associations






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