Independent truck drivers that own and operate their trucks are an endangered species. Skyrocketing fuel prices and abhorrent Government regulations are about to put them completely under. Drivers such as myself, who work for companies that provide truck, trailer, and fuel card, owe much to the Owner/Ops because they help to offer balance to the industry. Mega-companies that have sprung up over the last 20 years, each having 3,000-6,000 trucks have had a "Walmart effect" on the industry. They have the capacity to haul volumes of freight for less money than independents as they can spread the cost over so many trucks. The independents are still hanging on because they have the one thing most drivers a mega-trucks don't have - will and determination. Indpendents have it all on the line. They must perform at all costs. That determination and pride is what gives them value in the marketplace - what's left of it that is.
This story pissed me off to level I have not achieved in some time. The line that elevated my blood pressure was,
"The LA port believes that the owner-operator business model simply cannot produce enough revenue to ensure that the truck owner will be able to afford a modern engine that meets federal clean air standards without ongoing financial assistance."
So, these [insert expletive here] in the Port are going to save us all from Global Warming Climate Change by putting small business owners out of business. I love to hear idiot politicians say that they are going to ignore 'special interests' and lobbyists to 'take care of the American People.' That is patently false. NOTHING has ever been further from the truth. See, what's happening here is that they've got Union pressure to run these independents out so they can put Union labor in there. Period, end of story. Most people with the ability to carry through an independent thought know that Global Wa...I mean, Climate Change is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public. That is the front they will use to run these independents out and get their Union hack goons in place.
A couple of noteworthy excerpts from another story on the same subject...
In 2008, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each approved a Clean Truck Program that banned pre-1989 trucks from entering their ports in 2009. In January 2010, trucks with 1993 model year engines and older were banned. By 2012, only trucks meeting 2007 model year diesel engine emissions standards will be allowed at the ports.
The Port of Los Angeles’ program required companies wanting to work at the ports to employ their drivers, and included expensive taxi-style “concessionaire” fees, prompting a July 2008 lawsuit to overturn several portions of the program. The lawsuit has bounced between U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
9th Circuit? Let me know how that works out for ya.