posted on Aug, 30 2007 @ 03:08 PM
I have to say that I am very much against this. Mexico and Canada have less strict regulations for truck drivers than the U.S. does. I work in the
tractor-trailer repair industry, and I know alot of truck drivers, ranging from Ltl carriers to long-haul carriers. I deal with some of the biggest
trucking companies on the road. I'm going to talk more to some of the drivers I know about this and see what we can do about raising awareness to
We had a group of mexicans buy a tractor and trailer from another repair shop nearby once. That shop sold the combo as is, stating that it did not
comply with DOT standards, and should not be taken on the highways. They then brought it over to our shop and asked for nothing other than to get the
lights fixed. As I worked on the lights I found that there was multiple DOT violations, and when I asked if they wanted this stuff repaired, in very
broken english I was told, no, that they just wanted to get it across the border. I live in Green Bay, WI. That's not a short drive. This is the kind
of crap they are going to put on our highways.
Our families and friends have to travel the highways everyday, do we want them next to, or behind these vehicles? I certainly don't! Trucking is the
backbone of our country, and if accidents caused by mexican truckers cause stiffer regulations on American truckers, that will not only hurt the
drivers, and the companies they work for, it will hurt every one of us as well.
Not only that, but I hear alot of people bashing drivers. This will make that worse too. I defend our drivers, and remind people that if it weren't
for truck drivers, they wouldn't have the clothes on their backs, or the plasma tv's they spend their time in front of.
Either they get the same tough regulations that we have, or they get off our roads.