posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 11:57 AM
As a trucker who happens to talk to ALOT of other people and companies out of sheer curiosity, I can lend a bit here, I think
Truckhaul carriers and general contractors operating on government contracts are, to my knowledge, required to carry the PrePass system, which allows
them to bypass weigh stations. I know a driver (retired now) who hauled engines and such for experimental aircraft. He was not allowed to look at his
freight, it would be tarped on a flatbed trailer and strapped/secured before he arrived. he backed under the trailer, filled out his logbook, and took
off. Many times he would be followed, and he had to carry food and restroom conveniences with him in the truck (he had a sleeper berth large enough to
accomodate a small private shower and restroom and refrigerator. These exist commonly, look at the big sleepers on some Mayflower or Reliable trucks).
In any case, many government contracts, especially the 'Ghost Fleet' have specific escort (know and unknown) requirements, and are given a pass on
tracking software installed on modern trucks and have very tight delivery schedules in order to facilitate a lack of time for unneccessary stops. Some
even have very specific fueling locations in order to keep the questioning public from prying too much.
Maybe one day I'll be good enough to get a job like that (or bad enough, as it were). Until then, I'll just keep hauling car parts and chemicals.