Smith is misguided

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Dear Editor,

I would like to point out some disagreements regarding your column, Teamsters Campaign is Misguided, in the July 2000 edition of Truck News.

First, you mention that the proposed regulations will decrease the number of driving hours in a 24-hour shift. While technically true, the changes will still result in an increased number of driving hours per shift.

Second, the statement that 14 hours at the wheel would allow a driver to run Montreal to Toronto is somewhat misleading. The 700-mile round trip, plus any loading or unloading time, could easily put the trip over 14 hours. Regardless of the time involved, safety should be more important than the ability to make any trip in one shift.

The public would be better served by a balanced look at the issues invovled with driver fatigue and driving hours, without the anti-union bias present in your column.

Michael Lynch

Teamsters Union, Local 938

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