It may be said that we are a service industry, however the manufacturers of the tools and equipment can only sell to an economically healthy clientele. There is no economic compensation for lost time due to shipper and receiver inefficiency, border security or highway inspections. Now the big produce wholesalers are charging lumper fees. In essence we are being picked off like ducks in a pond. The deterioration of the transport industry economically and as a place of working conditions is appalling.
Our mental health is in jeopardy because of the MTO and the lack of respect from shippers and receivers, physically from fast food outlets that are the only source of food at truck stops, and economically because everyone from the MTO to state tolls and taxes to truck stop inflation are in our pockets.
Terrance Burke Via e-mail
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