Wednesday, March 10, 2010

U.S. Marshals get new wheels

It’s an old but resilient rumor that truckers facing an out-of-service decree from an inspector can summon United States Marshals to spring them. It’s a good wish, as wishful thinking goes, and when Freightliner Trucks announced the United States Marshals Service (USMS) had bought two Freightliner Business Class M2 106 trucks to use as mobile command posts, I couldn’t help but think of them charging down the superslab to rescue some hapless hauler from durance vile behind a weigh station.

“Some of the details that attracted the USMS to the Business Class M2106 include its wide cab doors and easy engine accessibility. When its agents are on the move, the USMS needs a vehicle that won’t slow them down, and the Business Class M2 106 provides that convenience,” said Ken Farber, president, Farber Specialty Vehicles, which customized the vehicles for the marshals.

Though somehow I just can’t see Tommy Lee Jones pulling up in one of these babies at some remote weigh station just because I’m two days behind on my comic books ...