I think some of you ought to do some checking before engaging the fingers. All those DOT Rules and Regs you hate, like HOS for instance? INDUSTRY is the driving force behind those rules. INDUSTRY sits on the board creating the rules and regs and has more input than the other members. INDUSTRY can make a call to their bought and paid for Senator or Congressman and bring heat on the other parties involved. Don't ever forget it's INDUSTRY advisers making the call on a large percentage of the rules and regs.
Now as for is it a safety game or a revenue game, all I can tell you is I got my job as a DOT Inspector after being a road Trooper for 16 years right after 9/11. The Feds gave grant money to the States to beef up DOT enforcement for National Security reasons. In that sense it was about safety. I was trained with the idea in mind we were about safety, that was drilled into us over and over. In the field, yeah, you had to have a decent number of inspections and tickets. I might have done 6-7 inspections a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. If I had a choice between writing a guy a serious ticket or a fix it ticket, assuming the guy wasn't clown with a chip on his shoulder and a giant sized attitude, I'd give him the fix it ticket. If you were a jerk, tough luck pal, you brought the crap on yourself. On the whole, I'd say 98% of the drivers I dealt with were as polite as I was, were as professional as I was and realized I was doing my best to get them out of there ASAP. Now the rag head retard that started the truck while I was down between the drivers.......that guy was not professional, polite or a very good listener, although he seemed to pay an awful lot more attention to what I was saying after I got out from under the truck in .038759 nanoseconds and grabbed him by the face and drug him out of the truck. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but my adrenalin might have had something to do with that. There were a few Russian mob types that weren't too pleasant and more than a few complete retards that shouldn't have had any type of license at all, but overall truckers were a lot nicer to deal with than your average welfare mutt, trailer park wife beating low life. Canadian drivers were a cut above American drivers I'm sorry to say. Wasn't like that a few years before, but Canada straightened stuff out and I'll put any American truck and driver up against a Robert truck and driver, for instance, any day of the week. The truck are spotless, in perfect repair and the drivers are professional, on the ball and very. very rarely have an issue with anything, at least on this side of the St Lawrence.
The revenue part? Of course the politicians and bureaucrats want it to make money. Does it? No. I can't think of any public sector entity that produces a profit. Police don't, firemen and EMTs certainly don't, the Forest service or EnCon don't, Welfare, schools, IRS, military don't. So I don;t expect that any argument could be made that a profit is expected by anyone other than bean counters and a few Marxists. The same people that believe simply taxing people more will solve the debt crisis might be the same ones believing a police force can generate enough tickets to pay for itself, the court system and the administration behind it. They can't, it won't, fugetaboutit.
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