One size doesn’t fit all
In Chris Husenits’ letter in Monday’s edition of the Observer-Reporter, he makes an important point on the regulations that apply to truckers – one size does not fit all.
He drives a bread truck, making many stops at stores each day. I, on the other hand, drive a dedicated, regional run. This means I do the same run all the time, leaving our terminal near Pittsburgh International Airport in the evening, driving to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, making deliveries the next morning, taking my mandated 10-hour rest break, making pick-ups that evening and arriving back in Pittsburgh the next morning.
These are two vastly different types of trucking, yet we both live under the exact same regulations. What we do represents small segments of the industry. Factor in long-haul, coast-to-coast-type trucking, less-than-truckload, short-haul, private cartage (think Wal-Mart trucks), local pick-up and delivery and anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that trying to lump everyone under the same umbrella is simply ridiculous.
It would take several pages to adequately explain exactly how the industry works, but, hopefully, this short letter will provide a little enlightenment.