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Commercial Drivers Hours

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, truck drivers stop at a gas station in Emerson, Ga., north of metro Atlanta, to fill up their tractor trailer rigs. A new government rule being announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, requires an estimated 3 million commercial truck and bus drivers to electronically record their hours behind the wheel in an effort to enforce regulations to prevent fatigue. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

Regarding “Dangerous deregulation? Rules that control drive time for truckers set to be relaxed” (July 2): I am a retired truck driver. I spent over 40 years driving trucks. I have worked for more than 20 companies. Most of those years were as a long distance driver.

In all those years I have seen changes regarding how many hours per day and per week a driver can work. All those changes were, and still are, a danger to drivers and the motoring public. But the moneyed manufacturers and trucking companies always get the changes they want.

I have dozed off behind the wheel trying to make their schedule. Luckily, I never had a wreck from falling asleep behind the wheel. From lowering driver qualifications to being made to spend weeks living in a truck, the drivers and their equipment on the road today are dangerous to the motoring public. The public be damned.

I see in the newspaper and TV that there is a driver shortage. No, there is not. There are just not any driving jobs worth having. See this rule change for what it is, a way for trucking special interests to make more money on the back of drivers and the motoring public. The public be damned.

Dennis Portlock • Barnhart