Speed limiters may drive me to sell my truck

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Dear Editor,

The speed limiters are a good idea especially for companies that have a bad performance record. But the original intents of David Bradley of the OTA and the larger companies are not of safety at all.

The whole and sole purpose of the speed limiters is to eliminate competition among other truck firms and to have a monopoly of the industry. The way it works is if you don’t like where you are working you can change jobs but the conditions will be the same everywhere.

You will not be able to make a better wage or better working conditions – they will all be the same with no chance of a good, secure future.

Just think of the chaos this is going to cause on the highways. One truck trying to pass another truck going a half kilometre slower – think of the back-ups this will cause. People don’t like trucks as it is now, think of how much they will like them when this takes effect.

Do they actually think that the US trucks will comply with this ridiculous law? Not likely!

The trucks that run in the states – especially west and south where the speed limits are 120 km/h and better – will only get in the way.

I have had my own truck for years. I usually drive 105 to 110 but I don’t like being demanded to turn my truck down.

This is the most regulated industry in the world.

You are told how much you can drive, when you can eat, when you can sleep and go to the bathroom and the newest piece of legislation is that you can’t smoke in your own truck. I just needed to put the truth out there because not many people really know what it is like to be in this business and the crap we have to put up with every day.

This makes me feel like selling my truck and working in a gas station or being a greeter at your friendly Wal-Mart store.

Joe Fields

Via e-mail


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