Hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailers travel U.S. highways every day, and they do so in a professional and safe manner.
However, those safe trucking professionals are often edged from the spotlight by the most dangerous.
Case in point, check out this recent quote from National Transportation Safety Board member Dr. Robert Molloy:
“I’d like to live in a world where everybody cared about safety, but that’s not the world of trucking,” he said.
The reality is that the motor carriers who choose to disregard regulations and put others on the road at risk are not indicative of the trucking industry as a whole. The majority of truck drivers and motor carriers want those fleets off the highway just as much as any safety board.
Increased safety will not come from over-regulating the industry as a whole and driving the good drivers and owner-operators out of the business. Instead, we should improve safety by creating quality driver training programs and removing the bad apples.
Rather than allowing a small number of careless drivers to create the image of an entire industry, Dr. Molloy needs to acknowledge that most drivers are focused on safety and want nothing more than to arrive to their destinations without harming themselves or others.
The following video provides examples of the majority of the trucking industry.
There are many more good eggs than bad apples.