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Safety in Trucking Industry Faces New Battle

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As professional truck drivers in the United States prepare to face the new FMCSA safety initiative, CSA 2010, I would suggest they prepare for a new battle that will soon be coming their way :  the opening of the Mexican border.  News out of Washington, D. C. is that President Obama and his administration will soon announce their new plan to reopen the border to Mexican trucks in a final effort to appease Mexico.  This is also perfect timing in their quest to grant amnesty to the thirty or so million illegal aliens living in this country.  This goes right in line with the President’s harsh words towards the state of Arizona for standing up for their rights to protect their border and citizens.

I would enjoy gathering together 30 million Americans, and on the count of three, we all run across the border into Mexico.  I wonder how Mexico would react?  Would we be allowed to stay there with no papers, no identification, no visas?  Would Mexico allow us to live there in total violation of their laws?   We could also make certain that 17% of the Americans who crossed over into their country were convicted felons . . . such as the case in Arizona.  Furthermore, if Mexico fought back against us, then we could all go on a rampage and vent our frustration against their unwillingness to allow us to live in their country illegally.

What was it that President Obama said?   Oh yea, “The answer isn’t to undermine fundamental principles that define us as a nation.” Am I missing something here?  People who break U. S. law, living here illegally and in total disregard to our laws . . . is that not undermining America’s fundamental principles? Mexico does not allow such behavior.  In fact, they will execute a “seek and find” expedition and you will find yourself, not just in a Mexican prison . . . but a Mexican military prison. Yet the United States is expected to dismiss those who disrespect our laws, our culture and our heritage and simply be allowed to live and work here just because this is America.

Is safety a real issue for the trucking industry?  Is safety a real priority for the FMCSA,  D.O.T. and Ray LaHood, the U. S. Secretary of Transportation?  Or are they all simply victims of this Presidential Administration? 

TheTrucker reports :

“President Barack Obama’s adminstration will soon announce its plan to reopen the U.S. border to Mexican trucks and end a dispute that prompted Mexico to slap duties last year on $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods, a top U.S. official said on Thursday.   President Obama’s team has worked very hard to put a proposal together. We will be announcing it very soon,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told lawmakers.”

How will the FMCSA handle this safety crisis?  Will the trucking industry figure out some other way to make American drivers pay for their jobs?  Our nation drivers have always been the ones to pay the price, and usually in the name of safety.  How can this industry forge ahead with new rules and regulations for trucking safety and be taken seriously, when we are about to open the flood gate to unsafe trucks and equipment?  I would certainly hope that the President’s new proposal will have the needed restrictions that would not allow this to happen.  Then again . . . we are talking about Obama.

However, let’s not forget George Bush either.  Our Presidents’ are bound and determined to undermine the quality of the American way of life.  Are we wrong to ask that immigrants who come to America, do so legally?  Is the President of the United States suppose to be for the American people, the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights?  I really must be missing something here . . .

America is the greatest country on Earth and all are welcome here . . . but when they totally disregard our laws, why are we expected to ignore this violation?   Try entering any other country on the planet illegally and see what happens.  America is the only country . . . the only country . . . that is not protecting their borders.

The trucking industry is constantly throwing out the term “safety.”   Safety this . . . safety that.  It is always placing full responsibility on drivers, figuring out further ways to get their greedy little hands in their pocket books.  If this administration opens the Mexican border and floods our highways with unsafe trucks and drivers . . . not to mention stealing more jobs from our professional truckers . . . then I say “safety” is just a joke within the American trucking industry.

© 2010, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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6 Responses to Safety in Trucking Industry Faces New Battle. - Post a Comment

  1. Michael Joy

    I have had it, I am outta hear!!! Well that is the dream I keep telling my self. 12 years in a truck, I have seen many changes, been pulled in by DOT more times than I can count. Made lots of money in the past but today I cant seem to clear $600 a week. Talk about saftey, we are the professional drivers, saftey is what we all about. 4 weelers are the real dangerous ones out ther today. I just dont understand why the goverment have to mess with us drivers. Do thay think thay are helping Us? What can you do. So any way, in taking steps to get away from the truck, I went to real estate school, Got my licence to sell real estate in NE Florida where I live. My Idea was to help out other drivers, after all I realy do understand what drivers have to deal with. I am still driving for now for a rotten company hauling mail from Jacksonville to Atlanta, part time. I could not seem to get an OTR job where I could come home every other week. Because I live in Florida, and Florida has little to no freight, my home time would be after 8 to 12 weeks out. My family just could not handle that much time away. As for me it is just life in a Truck. So any drivers out there whan to plants some roots in florida, go to my website and look around at Haller at you all later.

  2. Mark A. Smith

    I too have seen many changes in the past several years. I served as a police officer for many years. I saw there that our government does not care for what is right but what gives them power. After retiring from police work I returned to driving trucks which I had done shortly before my law enforcement career. It is a sad thing that our government does not care about our rights and their responsibity to care for legal citizens. Everything that has been said about other countries protecting their borders is true. Why must our government be more concerned with what the other countries think of us more than protecting what has been gained over the years through hard work and sacrafice. All that I am able to see of all of this is that our polititions no longer care about America.

  3. Tom Mitchell

    This is the most dumbest thing I have heard in a long time. So, because we want to earn more business with Mexico in regards to exports/imports. They’re going to screw over the AMERICAN BORN Citizens of this country. To simply appease Mexico. What is going on? It’s almost unbeleibable to think that my own country would forsake me for its own personal financial gain. What about the veterans? What about the people that have lost their houses? What about the safety of the American people on the road? While these unsafe drivers from another country bring in more drugs, crime and diseases. Let’s get more elabourant, Mexico is known for having cartels run the show down there. Nobody can’t tell me that some of these cartels won’t have some of their own driving trucks in this country.To carry out targeted individuals to murder (drugs). Drugs are going to be clearly a factor in this case. Shame on you Obama.

  4. Allen Smith

    Well said, Tom. I briefly covered this on this evening’s show as well. It is truly mind boggling with all the talk about safety, and they are working to open the border. I’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico. Many are great people and I appreciate their language and culture, etc.

    But, crime and drugs are a big problem which will only get bigger in the U.S. if they open the border to our trucking industry. 6000 murders last year alone, from border “crossers.” Also, a person with a “shady” background can simply pay-off the policia in Mexico and receive new and clean documents. This goes on all the time in Mexico.

    This is about safety? Of course not. It’s all about opening the border to provide the trucking companies with a flood of cheap labor, to run the freight and increase their bottom line.

    Thanks for the post … Allen

  5. SD Parton

    Sorry about the late response but finally got around to reading this. As a driver of 35 years experience, most of the issues here have affected me directly at one time or another. Overall, I have watched my earning power diminish and my dispensibility increase over the last 20 years.
    One company I worked for used to exchange freight with Mexican trucks on the border. I thought the Mexican drivers were excellent (what I witnessed was backing and maneuvering skills) but the equipment was old. At one time I worked for a lumber company that ran older equipment. That was possible since we were local and repairs were available on a daily basis. I saw the cracks and leaks that developed normally on older working equipment. I’ve also read that weight limits in Mexico are much higher than what is allowed here. My conclusion could only be that Mexican equipment would be dangerous.
    I also agree that the main thrust of this policy is to further cheapen the value of my labor. I have watched the caliber of drivers in the workforce drop consistently and the isolation increase as status and respectability disappear. I don’t believe this is a problem limited to just the southern border. Since I live and work now in the Pacific Northwest, I witness daily the number of Pakistani drivers coming out of British Columbia. I have been told (but cannot document) that the influx of Pakistani drivers has lowered the driving wage in B.C. enough that most Canadians cannot consider trying to make a living driving. This does not even address the terrorist threat which is obvious.
    In summation, I believe that the transportation industry is one of the only heavy industries that cannot be shipped overseas. Consequently, it will be attacked in any way possible in order to cheapen its value. I don’t think this is the doing of one political party, but reflects the same reasons neither will address the southern border. The right wants cheap labor, the left wants more “downtrodden masses” in their voting block.

  6. Allen Smith

    Hey SD: You’re right, the goal to bring in cheap labor is not just from the southern border…it’s all over as you said you see in the B.C. area.

    This plan has been in operation since the early 90’s and will be a way for the large mega trucking companies to create a monopoly within the industry. thanks for your comments …

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