Yep, I had to take a pee test before I could even APPLY for my CDL. And yes, standards are WAY more strict. For example, its illegal to carry a firearm in a commercial vehicle with a CDL, even if you hold a conceal and carry permit. You can lose your license and go to jail immediatly.

John Berryman wrote:

On Wednesday, February 1, 2006, at 01:37 PM, Tom Scordato wrote:

John to answer your question no I would not mind paying more.

        I know I would. You would too , you're just caught up in the moment.

 We are the
most spoiled society on earth when it comes to that.

        We're spoiled in almost every aspect. (except automotive lighting)

And Trucks do not need to cost a million bucks here are a few more thoughts
that might work, heck maybe they are being tried allready.

A) pay truckers a decent salary (may I suggest 75,000 to 100K ? a year plus benefits factor in inflation) to be away from their families, not piece meal
$ for mile that is only asking for trouble.  This would include salary
minimums for independents as well as company truckers

        Some do make money like that and that's the life of a trucker.

B) limit, monitors and track speeds with engine electronic and confirm of
trucks via satellite or some other method.

        All this has been done for years and it is increasing.

C) brain and education, psycho test, similar to getting a merchant marine cost guard license, nuclear operators license or other licensed positions renewable every five years. These are to be real strict. Try to weed out
the chaff.

Getting a CDL requires training and testing. Commercial drivers are faced with stiffer penalties and can loose there license for way fewer infractions than a common operator.

D) people and the industry can wait the extra three to five days (?) the lower speed limits would entail, no one is going to melt because of it. We survived when it took trains three weeks to deliver something. Matter of
fact we actually manufactured things back then stuff the whole world
including us purchased.

The rest of the world has been accustomed to speedy service and its the customer that inevitably sets the standard. i doubt the general public wants to wait any longer. For some next-day is too slow.

E) weigh stations especially in the northeast (which are rarely open) would be required to be open allot more often (50%) of the time. Spot truck safety

The fact that they exist and could be open dictates that they drive safe trucks and haul safe loads. If you drove professionally, you'd think that there are too many open too much. In a lot of locales, they employ a system that takes info electronically and truck just have to pass under the sensors. This can only be used by those that meet all the requirements. Other trucks must pull into the weigh stations.

F) satellite tracking of speed and movement to determine and limit speed and
number of hours truck operators are on the road

        In effect for a long time.

G) mandatory drug testing for uppers and downers

        Same as above. Long time.

H) major bonuses for operators with a clean record who do not drive
aggressively, reward safety. Severely penalize truckers for accidents when
they are at fault.  Like loose your commercial license, never drive
commercially again just like if you screw up on a merchant ship, they rip
your coast guard license up.

This is done. Insurance Cos give Safe Driver discounts and penalties otherwise to private individuals as well as commercial drivers and trucking companies. A CDL is a Federal License issued by the various states, believe me, they're plenty strict as they are.

I) as an industry have a campain to educate the "four wheelers" to share in

Amen, but this should be done before a license is issued after a certain amount of infractions/accidents and periodically throughout the life of drivers. Re-Testing should be mandatory as well. Some states are re-testing seniors. This is a good thing. If you can't pass written and driving tests you pose a threat to fellow drivers, pedestrians and property and should not be allowed the privelage of a driver's license.

Make it a profession again instead of what one person told me "it was prison for me or trucking". Please do not compare trucks with cars by saying they should entail the same standards. 99% of the folks driving cars are not
professionals.  Tuckers are supposed to be professionals, not cowboys.
There is too much at stake.

How many more rights do you want us to give up? The bad drivers obsolete themselves over time, many lose their license and drive any way but its near impossible to drive a truck unlicensed, thanks to the regs you hopefully now realize are in effect.

Regards Tom Scordato
Bellefonte PA

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