What's Happening

Desk of Lance Wood, President

It looks like the Pilot Bill of Rights 2 is going to pass and needs to in my opinion. I never knew much about his stuff until I got my FAA certification. The Pilots Bill of Rights 1is probably one of the only things Obama has signed into law I agree with. I have been against most of the “Truckers Bill of Rights” that some have pushed because they do not seem to really represent a change in government enforcement but seek change in normal competitive practice and parking. Two things I do not want the government involved in.

There are very few Pilots in the USA compared to Truck drivers. 600,000 pilots counting all types from students to commercial pilots in the USA and 900,000 in the world. Compared to 3.5-8.7 million CDL drivers in the USA. The membership based organizations that represent pilots like the EAA and the AOPA are very active at representing legislative change for their members. More pilots also seem to get involved in these types of organizations. Pilots are more active then truck drivers in protecting their rights. I my opinion we should look to change this as truckers. I am not sure if this is because of the cost of earning the pilots certification is so much more then a CDL so many be they feel its worth fighting to protect or what.

Just look at the AOPA. That is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. They are basically the OOIDA of pilots. With 600,000 pilots in the USA and 900,000 in the world. They have active membership of 384,915 pilots. You have to be a pilot or engaged in the aviation field to join. The EAA The Experimental Aircraft Association has 180,000 members. I am a life time member of OOIDA for trucking. Yet, it seem we struggle to keep 180,000 members there and anyone can join. This seem sad to me. Think about that. 42% of pilots belong to the AOPA who represents pilots in protecting their rights and privileges of flying. Yet, only 2% of truck drivers are members of OOIDA.

Now do I agree with everything the AOPA and OOIDA do. Nope, not at all. I do agree with more then I don’t. I also call and let them know when I do not agree with something they are doing. There is power in numbers when it comes to lobbying for any industry or group. Its really easy to just sit back and complain about things . Its also really easy to be involved in an organization that lobby’s. For the general welfare of a group. Please take some time and consider if joining OOIDA maybe beneficial to you and your driving career.

Now, back to the subject at hand. The Pilots Bill of Rights. This was signed into law by President Obama in 2012. Its basically a contract with the FAA and the pilots. I would be interested in what others would think about a Truckers Bill of Rights similar to this model.

Here are some of the very simple highlights of the Pilot Bill Of Rights.

So if the FAA is going to investigate a pilot. They have to notify the Pilot in writing that they are investigating them, what they are investigating them for. They have to do this 30 days in advance. The Pilot also has the right to get ALL evidence the FAA has on the investigation. Everything from complaints from an employer, other pilots, even all air traffic control recordings, documents and so forth. Before any enforcement decisions are made. The Pilot then has the right to present any evidence they have to a court to make a ruling. It even changed the way the Medical Certification is done across the board for the Airman’s Medical Certificate.

Why do we not have this as truckers? Under Map-21 the FMCSA was given the ability to not only investigate you, but also suspend your commercial driving ability. They can deem you a hazard. With out you even knowing they have investigated you. You get no chance to review the information and no chance to prove your innocence in front of a court. The FMCSA can basically take you license, income and career with little to no ability to stop them. Not to mention the DOT medical evaluation process. Each DOT doctor seems to have their own idea of what is good and what is not.

The Pilots Bill of Rights 2 that is now in the works and looking to get a lot of support and expected to pass under this congress. Will correct some of the issues that pilots bill of rights 1 missed. Like allowing an airmen to work with their private physician to correct any medical issue BEFORE losing their airmen medical certificate. When you lose your airman’s medical certification. You basically lose your Pilots Certificate as they are liked together.

“AOPA praised yesterday’s action, saying the committee’s approval brings the third-class medical reform one step closer. “Bringing the legislation this far has required persistence and compromise in order to get the very best possible deal for pilots while winning the support needed to keep medical reform on the table,” said AOPA president Mark Baker. “This legislation moves the responsibility for managing many health issues out of the FAA’s bureaucracy and puts it in the hands of pilots where it belongs. The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 frees pilots to work with their personal physicians to manage their own health, wellness and fitness to fly.”

To me a Truckers Bill of Rights covering these types of situations would get good support from the general trucking community. Verses the Truckers Bill of Rights that some have tried to float that includes removing the competition in rates. Violating personal property rights by requiring a customer to allow parking and so many other crazy ideas.

I would love to hear your comments and ideas. I am sure trucking organizations would as well.

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2015-12-10/pilots-bill-rights-2-wins-senate-commerce-approval

Posted 41 weeks ago

Testamonial

Chris Huckleberry
September 23 at 5:15pm
I drive for Kennesaw Transportation out of Rydal Georgia and had my elderly mother riding with me for several trips in the summer. I want to thank Trucker Charity and Mark for helping me when my mother had a massive stroke in the Chicago area. She was unconscious and unresponsive. Mark came in the Trucker Charity bus and took myself and my mother back to Georgia. Sadly, a few weeks after returning to Georgia, my mother passed away. When I called, needing help to get my mother home, Trucker Charity immediately jumped in to help and asked for nothing in return.. what a wonderful bunch of people. I would like to ask everyone for their prayers and donations to Trucker Charity. Thanks for everything Mark and everyone, for your help and your compassion.

Posted 52 weeks ago
<p>From Callie, sister of Tony (Max) Palen<br/>
Subject: My brothers truck<br/>
As you all know, they found my brother dead in his semi at buffalo travel center in Espanola, New Mexico, August 13, 2015. He died of natural causes. Truckers Charity brought his remains home September 4,2015 the driver was. Kent Mc Namara awesome person, it was The Last Ride Home. Well on Saturday September 12,2015 my husband n I thought we would go down the highway between Colorado n New Mexico that my brother drove all the time and say a prayer. Highway 285, no one knew we were going. I put some of my brothers remains in a little containers one for each of our two vehicles and one for my purse so his spirit would always be with us. Well it was 9:00 in the morning, and I said a prayer on the new Mexico side and was starting to say a prayer on the Colorado side when I heard a sound now mind u we are in the middle of no where not Wendell phone service, I looked up and the noise I heard was a semi so I waited for the semi to pass, Weiss what it was my brothers truck that he drove and died in, I start crying I couldn’t believe it, I told my husband let’s go to the yard where the company was that my brother drove for. So we went to the yard n sure enough it was my brothers truck that we saw, the new driver got out n said didn’t I just see you on highway 285, I said you sure did. The odds of that happening are like one in a million, I know my brothers spirit was there at that time, he is my guardian angel. I just wanted to share this with other drivers.</p>

From Callie, sister of Tony (Max) Palen
Subject: My brothers truck
As you all know, they found my brother dead in his semi at buffalo travel center in Espanola, New Mexico, August 13, 2015. He died of natural causes. Truckers Charity brought his remains home September 4,2015 the driver was. Kent Mc Namara awesome person, it was The Last Ride Home. Well on Saturday September 12,2015 my husband n I thought we would go down the highway between Colorado n New Mexico that my brother drove all the time and say a prayer. Highway 285, no one knew we were going. I put some of my brothers remains in a little containers one for each of our two vehicles and one for my purse so his spirit would always be with us. Well it was 9:00 in the morning, and I said a prayer on the new Mexico side and was starting to say a prayer on the Colorado side when I heard a sound now mind u we are in the middle of no where not Wendell phone service, I looked up and the noise I heard was a semi so I waited for the semi to pass, Weiss what it was my brothers truck that he drove and died in, I start crying I couldn’t believe it, I told my husband let’s go to the yard where the company was that my brother drove for. So we went to the yard n sure enough it was my brothers truck that we saw, the new driver got out n said didn’t I just see you on highway 285, I said you sure did. The odds of that happening are like one in a million, I know my brothers spirit was there at that time, he is my guardian angel. I just wanted to share this with other drivers.

Posted 52 weeks ago
Posted 53 weeks ago

Just Thinking!

  1. : I really have to ask. Why is it ok for a driver, small and medium fleets to get all worked up about federal regulations that they could have been active years ago to form. Many such folks actually supported Map-21. They did it because they were told to call and support 1 part of it. One simple Jaw that would provide a study into truck parking Like the one we had in 1998. History repeats it self. With all the support and the drive to support this one law you also supported EOBRS and Mandated speed limiters. Always check out the BILL you look to support. Read it your self. Never believe anything you are told and half of what you see.
  2. : Now, we have folks trying to change a law that has been signed by congress for EOBRS. Its a complete waste of time. 100% zero waste. These people should be ashamed of them self for wasting your time. As there is no bill proposed right now to prevent it. Its a signed law.
  3. : The really sad thing. For a group that wants the government to stay out of trucking. We sure do seem to want them evolved a lot.
  4. : Let me get this right. We do not want hours of service regulations that hundreds of thousands of truckers commented on and got changed. We do not want increased insurance and very few truckers par took in the comment period. We do not want them to set the mandated per Map-21 speed limit restrictions. Yet, we want a federal mandate for CDL training. We want to socialize trucker training. Take away states powers. I guess this makes sense as with Map-21 we allowed the federal government to shut down drivers. We gave them a HUGE power to over ride the states rights.
  5. : Be careful what you ask for and who you choose to support. Way to many small and medium sized companies out there making policy for them self.
  6. : Please remember thousands of truckers were asked to support 1 part of Map-21. Many commented. Its all in the Federal Register. We the trucking community ASKED for these current laws. Now, some want the government to make more with a training standard. How so these people sleep at night? Dang two faced minority owned plagiarists. I have no use for them.
Posted 56 weeks ago

What's Happening Today

  1. : Lance Wood
  2. : So here is what is on deck with my flying. Going to the airport at 9am to fly with my instructor today. We are going to go over some of the very first flying obstacles. Like flying over a fixed object. Basically flying in a circle and keeping it at your wing tip the entire time. For 8 minuets. This freaks the pot growers out big time. Flying over a fixed line. Basically doing an S formation over a road way. Truckers think its a speed trap. Cross wind landings. Landing with a wind against the plane. Verses how you want to land and take off into the wind. Some time air ports do not have run ways that favor the wind and you have to land. We should have easy 9 mph wind with 14 mph gust tomorrow. Should be great.
  3. : Monday, I plan to fly solo and do these by my self. For a few hours. I may even take a quick lunch break in Bloomington. They have a free brand new Lincoln for Pilots to use for lunch.
  4. : Tuesday we are not sure. I may finish up my solo time or fly with the instructor a bit. I am filling the rest of my required time to test and then will fly 3 hours with a secondary flight instructor that will sign me off to take my test. Its a pass or fail. Test. The same tester can not test you twice. Its $350-$900 each time you take the test with the FAA tester.
  5. : It takes half the day. Its a verbal. If you pass that you take the visual ground inspection. Pass that then you take the 3 hour test flight test.
  6. : Pass all that I can haul passengers! I can fly by my self now, but carrying passengers is kind of a big thing and make flying so much more enjoyable.
  7. : Folks I am stocked! Thanks for all the support. I have been kind of shocked at how many actually read this crap and care. I have had calls and ran into folks on the road that seemed more excited then I have been about this process. Thanks. I share this info in-case anyone else wants to do it or just has interest in the process. This last year I have met huge mega business mogles to normal stock boys that are pilots. I work with a safety manager and 4 Wal-Mart drivers that are pilots just at my DC. The owner of the local beer store has two planes, the farmers that have their private pilots certificate is amazing. The private Pilot certificate equalizes everyone. I have been shocked how welcoming pilots are. Unlike in trucking. In trucking its like a 50/50. Half the folks want to see new drivers get into the field the other half see them as a threat. That is not the case with being a pilot. Its not just the other pilots. Everything from airport managers, fuel personal and ground support to even the mechanics if they have their certificate welcome you. They damn near roll out the carpet for ya.
  8. : I did not really understand all this until I seen the numbers. Under 211,000 Private Pilots in the USA. There are 594245 total certified pilots in the USA Commercial and Private. Of the 211,000 Private Pilots ½ of them are are worthy or have a current medical. That leaves 105,000. Its a tight nit group.
  9. : At the EAA even in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The worlds largest airshow. 85% of the WORLDS Private Pilots showed up. Its the MATS of Air shows.
  10. : All I know is I love to fly. Its challenging. You have to plan. Its actually rather easy and simple. Just like truck driving. Kind of amazing how you never hear pilots complain of a parking problem. You never leave with out knowing the 3 places you can land. Just like any professional truck driver should be doing.
Posted 57 weeks ago
Posted 59 weeks ago

Lance's Thoughts

With the Independence holiday coming fast on us. I would like to thank each of those who serve this great country each and every day. The military and their family’s are number one on this list. Yet, all those that serve are thanked as well. The waitresses that work all the shifts to feed hungry truckers, police, emergency workers and traveling families. The railroad workers working no matter what the conditions to deliver the hundreds of loads. The parking lot sweeper driver that sucks up the nails, screws and bolts that can damage our truck tires. The farmers for growing all the great food we eat. The line workers for working in blizzards to provide us power to not only pump our fuel, but so fuel can be made. Lets not forget the emergency room workers. Not just the doctors, all those that support the system. The police, fire and tow truck operators that show up in the worst weather to help. The truck stop workers that even on Christmas Day come to work to serve their customers. The list is long. We all offer something to the overall sprocket that drives this chain called a country.

While some will be spending time with the family or friends this holiday. Many will not. I would like to stress the importance for us truck drivers to take; me time. Its really easy to go trucking for weeks or months straight. If you have a family at home you normally want to provide and that is understand Yet, even if you are a single person. You really need to consider me time. Spending a month at time out on the road living pay check to paycheck. Is not a life. It may seem like one, but where are you going? Many forget that we work to live not live to work. We go to work. Do our jobs safe and well so we can get paid to have a life out side of work. Maybe its have a home with the family, maybe its having a nice fishing boat, a gold mine, flying, having a show car or truck. Anything that is rewarding.

Its so easy to get wrapped up in the drive to earn money and just sped that money and basically eating it that many truckers will put 20 years over the road and have literally nothing. No paid for home, no retirement, no actually close friends, no prizes or relaxation for their hard work and dedication.

Many are shocked when they start taking a few days a year for them self or their family how much their mood changes. It very much can be the difference between happiness or depression and anger.

I recently had a client that I was life coaching that was the stereo-typical trucker. He was single, living pay check to paycheck, yet earning $62k a year as a company driver. The only friends he had were the folks he knew that drive trucks. No girlfriend. Parents are gone. His sister and he talked 2 times a year.
We talked for about a month. 1-2 times a week. He mentioned how he had to slow down as he was going to take his vacation pay and if he ran hard and got the pay it would mostly go to taxes. This got us to talking. He has been in a crappy and kind of doom and gloom mood in the month of talking to him. I asked why he dosnt just take a vacation and relax. I got the normal. Where would I go, I live in the truck, I have no money, I cant afford the week off and all the EXCUSES people make to not take me time. I explained that he would not lose any money as its a paid week off. He then pointed out that he has really no one to enjoy it with. That is a reason he used to live as a hermit and do nothing but work. I asked him what he enjoys doing. He had no real interests. He did say he was interested in leaving the country. Turns out he even had a passport. He was going to go visit some mail order bride in Russia, but that fell threw. This guys attitude was one that you could tell he wanted to talk about this and needed to get out of that truck soon. If not for his sanity, for the public’s safety.

To make a very long story short. He called me this am. He just got back home to his sisters house where he planned to spend 2 days after taking a 5 day 4 night singles cruise to the Bahamas. He sounded GREAT! (Think Tony The Tiger). He was very happy and full of life. He was also thankful. He said he spent more then he had planned. He had $800 set aside after the cruise cost of $400.00. He spent an extra $500 on his credit cards getting himself a tatoo, buying gifts for his sister and her son and extras with his new friend. His sister gave him a ride the 80 miles to the port and also let him park. his bobtail at her house. He saved $250.00 as he choose to bunk with a single straight man. This guy and he turned out to be a lot alike. They basically built a kinship. He said the first day was odd, but after that night they both found them self seeking the same thing and both kind of lost. They basically went lady hunting together and he said they hung out the entire time and helped each other back them selves up. They would go to meals together and would go sit at tables with two other ladies. Remember this is a singles cruise.

It felt great to hear the relaxation in his voice and the plans he has for the future. He is already planning to go on more singles tours and vacations with his new friend. He also got to spend time with his sister and she seemed to support his me time.

Do you take me time? I typically do a few times a year. Normally with my wife and friends. A few times a year my wife and I take mini vacations. I also take me time with my best friends out camping. No cell phones and no trucks. It sure is relaxing. Nothing but, ATV’s, coolers, fishing poles and firewood.

Life is much shorter then many think. It sneaks up on you fast. Work hard, save and play. It will keep you happy and young.vir

Posted 64 weeks ago
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Posted 67 weeks ago
<p>James T Johnson’s photo.<br/>
James T Johnson<br/>
A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, ’<br/>
- Have you received a scholarship for school?’ The boy replied, “ No ’.<br/>
-’ It was your father who paid for your studies? ’<br/>
-’ Yes.’- He replied.<br/>
-’ Where does your father work? ’<br/>
-’ My father is a Blacksmith’<br/>
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.<br/>
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.<br/>
-’ Have you ever helped your parents at their job? ’<br/>
-’ Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.<br/>
The director said:<br/>
-’ I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.’</p>

<p>The young felt his chance to get the job was high.<br/>
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.<br/>
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.<br/>
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.<br/>
After cleaning his father’s hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.</p>

<p>The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.<br/>
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -’ Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?’<br/>
The boy replied: -’ I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop ’<br/>
-’ Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.</p>

<p>The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life”. ’ You are hired ’.</p>

<p>A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of “ I have the right ’ and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?<br/>
You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too. <br/>
After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.<br/>
The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. ”</p>

<p>A lesson we all need to think about.</p>

James T Johnson’s photo.
James T Johnson
A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, ’
- Have you received a scholarship for school?’ The boy replied, “ No ’.
-’ It was your father who paid for your studies? ’
-’ Yes.’- He replied.
-’ Where does your father work? ’
-’ My father is a Blacksmith’
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
-’ Have you ever helped your parents at their job? ’
-’ Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.
The director said:
-’ I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.’

The young felt his chance to get the job was high.
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.
After cleaning his father’s hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -’ Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?’
The boy replied: -’ I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop ’
-’ Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.

The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life”. ’ You are hired ’.

A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of “ I have the right ’ and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?
You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too.
After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.
The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. ”

A lesson we all need to think about.

Posted 68 weeks ago

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What's Happening

Desk of Lance Wood, President

It looks like the Pilot Bill of Rights 2 is going to pass and needs to in my opinion. I never knew much about his stuff until I got my FAA certification. The Pilots Bill of Rights 1is probably one of the only things Obama has signed into law I agree with. I have been against most of the “Truckers Bill of Rights” that some have pushed because they do not seem to really represent a change in government enforcement but seek change in normal competitive practice and parking. Two things I do not want the government involved in.

There are very few Pilots in the USA compared to Truck drivers. 600,000 pilots counting all types from students to commercial pilots in the USA and 900,000 in the world. Compared to 3.5-8.7 million CDL drivers in the USA. The membership based organizations that represent pilots like the EAA and the AOPA are very active at representing legislative change for their members. More pilots also seem to get involved in these types of organizations. Pilots are more active then truck drivers in protecting their rights. I my opinion we should look to change this as truckers. I am not sure if this is because of the cost of earning the pilots certification is so much more then a CDL so many be they feel its worth fighting to protect or what.

Just look at the AOPA. That is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. They are basically the OOIDA of pilots. With 600,000 pilots in the USA and 900,000 in the world. They have active membership of 384,915 pilots. You have to be a pilot or engaged in the aviation field to join. The EAA The Experimental Aircraft Association has 180,000 members. I am a life time member of OOIDA for trucking. Yet, it seem we struggle to keep 180,000 members there and anyone can join. This seem sad to me. Think about that. 42% of pilots belong to the AOPA who represents pilots in protecting their rights and privileges of flying. Yet, only 2% of truck drivers are members of OOIDA.

Now do I agree with everything the AOPA and OOIDA do. Nope, not at all. I do agree with more then I don’t. I also call and let them know when I do not agree with something they are doing. There is power in numbers when it comes to lobbying for any industry or group. Its really easy to just sit back and complain about things . Its also really easy to be involved in an organization that lobby’s. For the general welfare of a group. Please take some time and consider if joining OOIDA maybe beneficial to you and your driving career.

Now, back to the subject at hand. The Pilots Bill of Rights. This was signed into law by President Obama in 2012. Its basically a contract with the FAA and the pilots. I would be interested in what others would think about a Truckers Bill of Rights similar to this model.

Here are some of the very simple highlights of the Pilot Bill Of Rights.

So if the FAA is going to investigate a pilot. They have to notify the Pilot in writing that they are investigating them, what they are investigating them for. They have to do this 30 days in advance. The Pilot also has the right to get ALL evidence the FAA has on the investigation. Everything from complaints from an employer, other pilots, even all air traffic control recordings, documents and so forth. Before any enforcement decisions are made. The Pilot then has the right to present any evidence they have to a court to make a ruling. It even changed the way the Medical Certification is done across the board for the Airman’s Medical Certificate.

Why do we not have this as truckers? Under Map-21 the FMCSA was given the ability to not only investigate you, but also suspend your commercial driving ability. They can deem you a hazard. With out you even knowing they have investigated you. You get no chance to review the information and no chance to prove your innocence in front of a court. The FMCSA can basically take you license, income and career with little to no ability to stop them. Not to mention the DOT medical evaluation process. Each DOT doctor seems to have their own idea of what is good and what is not.

The Pilots Bill of Rights 2 that is now in the works and looking to get a lot of support and expected to pass under this congress. Will correct some of the issues that pilots bill of rights 1 missed. Like allowing an airmen to work with their private physician to correct any medical issue BEFORE losing their airmen medical certificate. When you lose your airman’s medical certification. You basically lose your Pilots Certificate as they are liked together.

“AOPA praised yesterday’s action, saying the committee’s approval brings the third-class medical reform one step closer. “Bringing the legislation this far has required persistence and compromise in order to get the very best possible deal for pilots while winning the support needed to keep medical reform on the table,” said AOPA president Mark Baker. “This legislation moves the responsibility for managing many health issues out of the FAA’s bureaucracy and puts it in the hands of pilots where it belongs. The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 frees pilots to work with their personal physicians to manage their own health, wellness and fitness to fly.”

To me a Truckers Bill of Rights covering these types of situations would get good support from the general trucking community. Verses the Truckers Bill of Rights that some have tried to float that includes removing the competition in rates. Violating personal property rights by requiring a customer to allow parking and so many other crazy ideas.

I would love to hear your comments and ideas. I am sure trucking organizations would as well.

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2015-12-10/pilots-bill-rights-2-wins-senate-commerce-approval

Posted 41 weeks ago

Testamonial

Chris Huckleberry
September 23 at 5:15pm
I drive for Kennesaw Transportation out of Rydal Georgia and had my elderly mother riding with me for several trips in the summer. I want to thank Trucker Charity and Mark for helping me when my mother had a massive stroke in the Chicago area. She was unconscious and unresponsive. Mark came in the Trucker Charity bus and took myself and my mother back to Georgia. Sadly, a few weeks after returning to Georgia, my mother passed away. When I called, needing help to get my mother home, Trucker Charity immediately jumped in to help and asked for nothing in return.. what a wonderful bunch of people. I would like to ask everyone for their prayers and donations to Trucker Charity. Thanks for everything Mark and everyone, for your help and your compassion.

Posted 52 weeks ago
<p>From Callie, sister of Tony (Max) Palen<br/>
Subject: My brothers truck<br/>
As you all know, they found my brother dead in his semi at buffalo travel center in Espanola, New Mexico, August 13, 2015. He died of natural causes. Truckers Charity brought his remains home September 4,2015 the driver was. Kent Mc Namara awesome person, it was The Last Ride Home. Well on Saturday September 12,2015 my husband n I thought we would go down the highway between Colorado n New Mexico that my brother drove all the time and say a prayer. Highway 285, no one knew we were going. I put some of my brothers remains in a little containers one for each of our two vehicles and one for my purse so his spirit would always be with us. Well it was 9:00 in the morning, and I said a prayer on the new Mexico side and was starting to say a prayer on the Colorado side when I heard a sound now mind u we are in the middle of no where not Wendell phone service, I looked up and the noise I heard was a semi so I waited for the semi to pass, Weiss what it was my brothers truck that he drove and died in, I start crying I couldn’t believe it, I told my husband let’s go to the yard where the company was that my brother drove for. So we went to the yard n sure enough it was my brothers truck that we saw, the new driver got out n said didn’t I just see you on highway 285, I said you sure did. The odds of that happening are like one in a million, I know my brothers spirit was there at that time, he is my guardian angel. I just wanted to share this with other drivers.</p>

From Callie, sister of Tony (Max) Palen
Subject: My brothers truck
As you all know, they found my brother dead in his semi at buffalo travel center in Espanola, New Mexico, August 13, 2015. He died of natural causes. Truckers Charity brought his remains home September 4,2015 the driver was. Kent Mc Namara awesome person, it was The Last Ride Home. Well on Saturday September 12,2015 my husband n I thought we would go down the highway between Colorado n New Mexico that my brother drove all the time and say a prayer. Highway 285, no one knew we were going. I put some of my brothers remains in a little containers one for each of our two vehicles and one for my purse so his spirit would always be with us. Well it was 9:00 in the morning, and I said a prayer on the new Mexico side and was starting to say a prayer on the Colorado side when I heard a sound now mind u we are in the middle of no where not Wendell phone service, I looked up and the noise I heard was a semi so I waited for the semi to pass, Weiss what it was my brothers truck that he drove and died in, I start crying I couldn’t believe it, I told my husband let’s go to the yard where the company was that my brother drove for. So we went to the yard n sure enough it was my brothers truck that we saw, the new driver got out n said didn’t I just see you on highway 285, I said you sure did. The odds of that happening are like one in a million, I know my brothers spirit was there at that time, he is my guardian angel. I just wanted to share this with other drivers.

Posted 52 weeks ago
Posted 53 weeks ago

Just Thinking!

  1. : I really have to ask. Why is it ok for a driver, small and medium fleets to get all worked up about federal regulations that they could have been active years ago to form. Many such folks actually supported Map-21. They did it because they were told to call and support 1 part of it. One simple Jaw that would provide a study into truck parking Like the one we had in 1998. History repeats it self. With all the support and the drive to support this one law you also supported EOBRS and Mandated speed limiters. Always check out the BILL you look to support. Read it your self. Never believe anything you are told and half of what you see.
  2. : Now, we have folks trying to change a law that has been signed by congress for EOBRS. Its a complete waste of time. 100% zero waste. These people should be ashamed of them self for wasting your time. As there is no bill proposed right now to prevent it. Its a signed law.
  3. : The really sad thing. For a group that wants the government to stay out of trucking. We sure do seem to want them evolved a lot.
  4. : Let me get this right. We do not want hours of service regulations that hundreds of thousands of truckers commented on and got changed. We do not want increased insurance and very few truckers par took in the comment period. We do not want them to set the mandated per Map-21 speed limit restrictions. Yet, we want a federal mandate for CDL training. We want to socialize trucker training. Take away states powers. I guess this makes sense as with Map-21 we allowed the federal government to shut down drivers. We gave them a HUGE power to over ride the states rights.
  5. : Be careful what you ask for and who you choose to support. Way to many small and medium sized companies out there making policy for them self.
  6. : Please remember thousands of truckers were asked to support 1 part of Map-21. Many commented. Its all in the Federal Register. We the trucking community ASKED for these current laws. Now, some want the government to make more with a training standard. How so these people sleep at night? Dang two faced minority owned plagiarists. I have no use for them.
Posted 56 weeks ago

What's Happening Today

  1. : Lance Wood
  2. : So here is what is on deck with my flying. Going to the airport at 9am to fly with my instructor today. We are going to go over some of the very first flying obstacles. Like flying over a fixed object. Basically flying in a circle and keeping it at your wing tip the entire time. For 8 minuets. This freaks the pot growers out big time. Flying over a fixed line. Basically doing an S formation over a road way. Truckers think its a speed trap. Cross wind landings. Landing with a wind against the plane. Verses how you want to land and take off into the wind. Some time air ports do not have run ways that favor the wind and you have to land. We should have easy 9 mph wind with 14 mph gust tomorrow. Should be great.
  3. : Monday, I plan to fly solo and do these by my self. For a few hours. I may even take a quick lunch break in Bloomington. They have a free brand new Lincoln for Pilots to use for lunch.
  4. : Tuesday we are not sure. I may finish up my solo time or fly with the instructor a bit. I am filling the rest of my required time to test and then will fly 3 hours with a secondary flight instructor that will sign me off to take my test. Its a pass or fail. Test. The same tester can not test you twice. Its $350-$900 each time you take the test with the FAA tester.
  5. : It takes half the day. Its a verbal. If you pass that you take the visual ground inspection. Pass that then you take the 3 hour test flight test.
  6. : Pass all that I can haul passengers! I can fly by my self now, but carrying passengers is kind of a big thing and make flying so much more enjoyable.
  7. : Folks I am stocked! Thanks for all the support. I have been kind of shocked at how many actually read this crap and care. I have had calls and ran into folks on the road that seemed more excited then I have been about this process. Thanks. I share this info in-case anyone else wants to do it or just has interest in the process. This last year I have met huge mega business mogles to normal stock boys that are pilots. I work with a safety manager and 4 Wal-Mart drivers that are pilots just at my DC. The owner of the local beer store has two planes, the farmers that have their private pilots certificate is amazing. The private Pilot certificate equalizes everyone. I have been shocked how welcoming pilots are. Unlike in trucking. In trucking its like a 50/50. Half the folks want to see new drivers get into the field the other half see them as a threat. That is not the case with being a pilot. Its not just the other pilots. Everything from airport managers, fuel personal and ground support to even the mechanics if they have their certificate welcome you. They damn near roll out the carpet for ya.
  8. : I did not really understand all this until I seen the numbers. Under 211,000 Private Pilots in the USA. There are 594245 total certified pilots in the USA Commercial and Private. Of the 211,000 Private Pilots ½ of them are are worthy or have a current medical. That leaves 105,000. Its a tight nit group.
  9. : At the EAA even in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The worlds largest airshow. 85% of the WORLDS Private Pilots showed up. Its the MATS of Air shows.
  10. : All I know is I love to fly. Its challenging. You have to plan. Its actually rather easy and simple. Just like truck driving. Kind of amazing how you never hear pilots complain of a parking problem. You never leave with out knowing the 3 places you can land. Just like any professional truck driver should be doing.
Posted 57 weeks ago
Posted 59 weeks ago

Lance's Thoughts

With the Independence holiday coming fast on us. I would like to thank each of those who serve this great country each and every day. The military and their family’s are number one on this list. Yet, all those that serve are thanked as well. The waitresses that work all the shifts to feed hungry truckers, police, emergency workers and traveling families. The railroad workers working no matter what the conditions to deliver the hundreds of loads. The parking lot sweeper driver that sucks up the nails, screws and bolts that can damage our truck tires. The farmers for growing all the great food we eat. The line workers for working in blizzards to provide us power to not only pump our fuel, but so fuel can be made. Lets not forget the emergency room workers. Not just the doctors, all those that support the system. The police, fire and tow truck operators that show up in the worst weather to help. The truck stop workers that even on Christmas Day come to work to serve their customers. The list is long. We all offer something to the overall sprocket that drives this chain called a country.

While some will be spending time with the family or friends this holiday. Many will not. I would like to stress the importance for us truck drivers to take; me time. Its really easy to go trucking for weeks or months straight. If you have a family at home you normally want to provide and that is understand Yet, even if you are a single person. You really need to consider me time. Spending a month at time out on the road living pay check to paycheck. Is not a life. It may seem like one, but where are you going? Many forget that we work to live not live to work. We go to work. Do our jobs safe and well so we can get paid to have a life out side of work. Maybe its have a home with the family, maybe its having a nice fishing boat, a gold mine, flying, having a show car or truck. Anything that is rewarding.

Its so easy to get wrapped up in the drive to earn money and just sped that money and basically eating it that many truckers will put 20 years over the road and have literally nothing. No paid for home, no retirement, no actually close friends, no prizes or relaxation for their hard work and dedication.

Many are shocked when they start taking a few days a year for them self or their family how much their mood changes. It very much can be the difference between happiness or depression and anger.

I recently had a client that I was life coaching that was the stereo-typical trucker. He was single, living pay check to paycheck, yet earning $62k a year as a company driver. The only friends he had were the folks he knew that drive trucks. No girlfriend. Parents are gone. His sister and he talked 2 times a year.
We talked for about a month. 1-2 times a week. He mentioned how he had to slow down as he was going to take his vacation pay and if he ran hard and got the pay it would mostly go to taxes. This got us to talking. He has been in a crappy and kind of doom and gloom mood in the month of talking to him. I asked why he dosnt just take a vacation and relax. I got the normal. Where would I go, I live in the truck, I have no money, I cant afford the week off and all the EXCUSES people make to not take me time. I explained that he would not lose any money as its a paid week off. He then pointed out that he has really no one to enjoy it with. That is a reason he used to live as a hermit and do nothing but work. I asked him what he enjoys doing. He had no real interests. He did say he was interested in leaving the country. Turns out he even had a passport. He was going to go visit some mail order bride in Russia, but that fell threw. This guys attitude was one that you could tell he wanted to talk about this and needed to get out of that truck soon. If not for his sanity, for the public’s safety.

To make a very long story short. He called me this am. He just got back home to his sisters house where he planned to spend 2 days after taking a 5 day 4 night singles cruise to the Bahamas. He sounded GREAT! (Think Tony The Tiger). He was very happy and full of life. He was also thankful. He said he spent more then he had planned. He had $800 set aside after the cruise cost of $400.00. He spent an extra $500 on his credit cards getting himself a tatoo, buying gifts for his sister and her son and extras with his new friend. His sister gave him a ride the 80 miles to the port and also let him park. his bobtail at her house. He saved $250.00 as he choose to bunk with a single straight man. This guy and he turned out to be a lot alike. They basically built a kinship. He said the first day was odd, but after that night they both found them self seeking the same thing and both kind of lost. They basically went lady hunting together and he said they hung out the entire time and helped each other back them selves up. They would go to meals together and would go sit at tables with two other ladies. Remember this is a singles cruise.

It felt great to hear the relaxation in his voice and the plans he has for the future. He is already planning to go on more singles tours and vacations with his new friend. He also got to spend time with his sister and she seemed to support his me time.

Do you take me time? I typically do a few times a year. Normally with my wife and friends. A few times a year my wife and I take mini vacations. I also take me time with my best friends out camping. No cell phones and no trucks. It sure is relaxing. Nothing but, ATV’s, coolers, fishing poles and firewood.

Life is much shorter then many think. It sneaks up on you fast. Work hard, save and play. It will keep you happy and young.vir

Posted 64 weeks ago
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Posted 67 weeks ago
<p>James T Johnson’s photo.<br/>
James T Johnson<br/>
A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, ’<br/>
- Have you received a scholarship for school?’ The boy replied, “ No ’.<br/>
-’ It was your father who paid for your studies? ’<br/>
-’ Yes.’- He replied.<br/>
-’ Where does your father work? ’<br/>
-’ My father is a Blacksmith’<br/>
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.<br/>
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.<br/>
-’ Have you ever helped your parents at their job? ’<br/>
-’ Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.<br/>
The director said:<br/>
-’ I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.’</p>

<p>The young felt his chance to get the job was high.<br/>
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.<br/>
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.<br/>
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.<br/>
After cleaning his father’s hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.</p>

<p>The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.<br/>
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -’ Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?’<br/>
The boy replied: -’ I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop ’<br/>
-’ Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.</p>

<p>The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life”. ’ You are hired ’.</p>

<p>A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of “ I have the right ’ and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?<br/>
You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too. <br/>
After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.<br/>
The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. ”</p>

<p>A lesson we all need to think about.</p>

James T Johnson’s photo.
James T Johnson
A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, ’
- Have you received a scholarship for school?’ The boy replied, “ No ’.
-’ It was your father who paid for your studies? ’
-’ Yes.’- He replied.
-’ Where does your father work? ’
-’ My father is a Blacksmith’
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
-’ Have you ever helped your parents at their job? ’
-’ Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.
The director said:
-’ I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.’

The young felt his chance to get the job was high.
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.
After cleaning his father’s hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -’ Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?’
The boy replied: -’ I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop ’
-’ Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.

The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life”. ’ You are hired ’.

A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of “ I have the right ’ and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?
You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too.
After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.
The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. ”

A lesson we all need to think about.

Posted 68 weeks ago

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Volume VI - Edition II - February 5, 2014 

Scripture describes America today!

Historical background:  In the book of Genesis, Joseph, the son of Jacob who had been sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh in Egypt.  Joseph predicted seven y­­ears of rain and seven years of drought.  He recommended that Pharaoh plan for the drought.

In the seven years of drought, Canaan, the home of Jacob, was affected as well.  Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to purchase grain.  The brothers were surprised to find Joseph, their brother, in charge of the grain.

Joseph brought his family to Egypt and provided food for them.  Over time, however, Joseph died and the new Pharaoh did not remember him.

The new Pharaoh was concerned that the Israelites were a foreign people in Egypt, and their numbers were growing.  Pharaoh took the Israelites captive and enslaved them.

To address the numbers, he ordered the midwives to kill the male babies.  In Exodus 1:16, "When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."

This is the first recorded instance of gender-based abortions.  It was abortion on demand by Pharaoh and as a matter of convenience for the Egyptians.  The midwives, however, feared God and could not do as ordered but instead reported the Hebrew women were vigorous and gave birth before they arrived.

When abortions did not deter the numbers of the Israelites, Pharaoh ordered all male babies to be thrown in the Nile River.

The Israelites became so oppressed in their slavery and the killing of their children that they cried out to God. They could not help themselves or protect their families.  Only God could help them.

Exodus 2:23-24, "The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob."

 

Is this not where America is today?

Gender-based abortions were prevalent when the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt.  It was the government that ordered the abortions by killing the boy babies.

A type of abortion being practiced in America today is gender-based abortions.  Abortions on demand or for convenience are as gender-based as any reason given for abortions.

And when our government gives people the right to kill babies that is only one step from the government ordering the killing of babies.  To have the right by law to kill is not any different than the government allowing the killing of babies.

Secondly, while America does not consider herself enslaved as in the case enslaved to man, America is enslaved to sin.  Promiscuity is but one example of our slavery to sin.

Same sex marriages; free sex; non Defense of the Marriage Act (DOMA) between a man and a woman; and abortion on demand, gender-based, or convenience; with free contraceptives are all demonstrations of promiscuity.

America has become enslaved to sin through promiscuity.  Enslavement to sex is rampant across America.  The standard of the day is it is OK to engage in sex without thought of consequences and without accountability.

Should pregnancy occur then just have an abortion and kill the baby as a matter of convenience.  Then you can continue again.

The President promotes promiscuity by executive order.  Funding of Planned Parenthood, abortion clinics, free contraceptives, and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision has killed over 50 million babies without even a whimper of remorse from us.

The slavery and the killing of their children brought the Israelites to recognize that their only solution was to cry out to God.  Exodus 3:9-10, God speaking to Moses, "And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them."

The slave masters over Israel were actually Israelites themselves.  Their own people were forcing them into slavery.  Our own people are forcing us into a life of sin with the rule of law.  We have accepted our enslavement to sin as the status-quo.

We want God out - we do not want to offend - we must be tolerant - it is the law of the land - we fear what can be done to us - and some actually agree abortion is OK - IS THIS NOT REASON TO CRY OUT TO GOD?

Will America cry out to God?

We will not see change until we cry out to God.  He will make a way for us out of our enslavement to sin.  Is there another Moses "on the back side of a desert" being prepped to deliver us from bondage?  Is there a person of God who will step up?

Most agree that America is not crying out to God.  We are just accepting the status-quo and hoping for a political change as a solution - NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH!

Instead of accepting the status-quo - or hoping that a change in the political landscape will be the solution -- WE MUST CRY OUT TO GOD!  The cry could be led by pastors from pulpits across America, or even a politician - BUT remember it must be from us to God.

Are we so oppressed that we need to cry out to God?  I fear our problem - we are not!

 

God bless...

Bob Hataway/eChaplain

http://transalive.com/AmericaNeedsToCryOutToGod.htm

                                                                                                                                     NEW NEWS

     SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

FOR

SEMI TRUCKS

BLOG by Virginia Chomo

I have exciting news for the Trucking industry. Being part of Trucker Charity has gotten me even more involved with the trucking world than just being a part of a trucking family. The ones that have really made a huge impact to my heart is being part of our “Last Ride Home” program. Dealing with the unfortunate families that have lost their loved ones out on the road has made me question what is happening to our Drivers. I have been a truck driver; I am third generation of a four generation trucking family, and have gained a multitude of truck driving friends and families of drivers.

To many of our drivers are developing heart disease, vascular disease, breathing problems and other conditions that have been too easy for the general public to blame other things than what I have come to believe is long term exposure or frequent exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning. I have no proof, there are no studies, no data and no one has any sure answers. I have talked to coroners, unless there are clear signs of extreme exposure it is not tested for. Here is the data I have found.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:

Dull headache Weakness Dizziness Nausea Vomiting Shortness of breath Confusion Blurred vision Loss of consciousness

In my research I came across stories like these:

  • Former truck driver might have gotten Carbon Monoxide

  • Posted In: Cardiovascular disease 1,296,120 Replies

  • Posted By: Systor

  • May 12, 2007

  • 11:53 AM

    Hello, I'm a former truck driver, and I was wondering if anyone out there reading this has suffered carbon monoxide poisoning? About 6 years ago, I believe I was poisoned over the course of a summer while driving a rig over the road. In the first three weeks, I developed slurred speech, memory problems, and confusion. I kept driving the same truck for the next three months, but my symptoms didn't worsen. They didn't improve, either, though. Also, I installed a CO detector in the truck during that time. It never went off during that three months. After I got off the truck, I developed severe headaches that were centered in a spot on the top of my head. My short term memory was pretty much non-existent for several months, then gradually got better, altough it's still not 100% six years later. I have circulation problems as well. In cold weather my hands and feet will turn purple, yet they don't ache or turn numb on me.

    Do you see semi trucks mentioned here?

    There are a variety of sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include:

    The improper or incomplete burning of natural gas or carbon-based fuels such as propane, gasoline, kerosene, wood, coal, and charcoal.

    Un-vented or improperly vented heaters and furnaces, which lead to an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning cases during the winter months.

    Auto exhausts

    Tobacco smoke

    Faulty chimneys or fireplaces

    Faulty fuel burning gadgets such as space heaters and gasoline engines

    Gas appliances and heaters in small and enclosed spaces

    Faulty central heating systems

    Blockages that can cause improper ventilation in enclosed spaces where fuel is burned (e.g. kitchens, lounges with chimney blockage etc.)

    All of these sources are ones that could be present both in the home and in the workplace. However, there are also some sources that are more occupational and workplace related such as forges, blast furnaces, boiler rooms, breweries, docks, petrol refineries, paper and steel production, and combustion engines. Below you will find a list of those most at risk from or susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, both occupationally and within the home:

    All the information I found disappointed me and drove the idea to find answers home to me.

    This is what I found out;

    All of the current smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors were for homes, boats, RV’s, and even airplanes. None were for Semi trucks. SO I HAD TO FIND ANSWERS:

  1. I called Honeywell; I was told, “No we can’t tell you any detectors for semis. There are no standards set for them.”

  2. I called RK Instruments, Global Resources and Quantum Group Inc. Same answer; we can’t recommend one because there are no standards set.

  3. I called Honeywell back and finally after a lot of questions and asking who I need to talk to I got one of their technicians in development. I asked him first what did it mean to have a standard for a detector and he told me that a standard is set by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind. Then I asked him, how do I get a standard set; he told me it is very difficult, there has to be a manufacturer request one be set and they will only do that if they are assured of a market. I then asked how long all this would take and was told that if I could get it started it could take years.

Well all this was unacceptable. I didn’t want it to get tied up and as so often is the case if you are not a person affiliated with this industry. So I called UL…. That started the exciting journey I have been on. One Feb 24th, I talked to a product specialist. I talked with him and told him what I was after and what was needed and he told me that I needed to talk to the head engineer that developed the standards or smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. I said great. Thinking this would take me forever. I was wrong. I gave me his name, phone number and e mail address. I called him and left a message and had plans to call after a few days. Well to my amazement he called at 7:30 the next morning. We discussed what I was looking for and what we needed. He was very understanding and supportive.

It has been an experience that I will never forget. I was accepted to the STP (Standards Technical Panel) committee that the UL uses to assist them to basically cover all the bases for the certification process. These teams are made up of professional and technical people from different corporations and manufactures and industries all over the United States. I was invited on March 17th and 18th 2014 to Raleigh NC for a meeting and to give a presentation about what I was asking them to do. It had to go before this panel for approval in order to proceed with STP and UL. I of course accepted. I decided to fly there because of the time situation as I was also getting things together to go to Mats in Louisville and driving to both places from Michigan would just be too much for me. I stayed at the Doubletree/Hilton. The place was so beautiful. The meeting was being held in one of their ballrooms. It was a journey getting there. The plane was delayed out of Grand Rapids which knocked my connecting flight out of whack, so they rerouted me through LaGuardia in NY. I finally got to the hotel about midnight, my luggage got there the next morning about noon. I went to the meeting, although a little late, but just in time for lunch which alone was quite a spread. It was quite interesting and informative. I had a name plate and got quite a few questions about who Trucker Charity was. It was nice to see how many were interested. The reason I was there was on the agenda so it helped peak there interest in what I was after. My turn was last on the agenda, per my request. I gave a presentation on the need for these in semis. I started with numbers of semis on the road and drivers. I showed pictures of truck fires and had stories about our “LAST RIDE HOME” and articles on carbon monoxide illnesses and effects. I gave several personal stories that also demonstrated the need. One about my brother that suffered a stroke after prolonged exposure to CO, and one President of Trucker Charity, Inc , Lance Wood, had told me about how his dog had saved his and his wife, Kacie, lives by waking them up to find their truck full of fumes from a neighboring APU unit’s exhaust thus saving their lives. In the end I asked them to please help save our drivers. It was well received, and there were questions and discussion on possible solutions and I told them that I would have a semi truck there afterwards. The certification process has been accepted and has already started. I have been asked to head the task group that will work with UL to get the certification we need to get UL Standards set for affordable Carbon Monoxide and Smoke detectors for Semi Trucks. My son Joseph Shelton showed up, albeit it was an hour and a half after the meeting because of delays of traffic and construction getting there; it let the 12 of them that stayed see for themselves the many obstacles that our people are exposed to. My son is very mechanical capable as well as a driver so all that was interested could see one up close and he went over everything from under the hood to the back, including an APU. There were several UL members, scientific/technical persons, and manufactures that stayed over. All I can say for certain is the testing is proceeding rapidly and several manufactures have shown sincere interest in this project. I will keep you update through this blog as things progress.

This is a huge step in the protection of our Truck Drivers. Not Just in the United States but possibly worldwide.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00804.x/abstract

Diesel Fumes Do Kill: A Case of Fatal Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Directly Attributed to Diesel Fuel Exhaust with a 10-year Retrospective Case and Literature Review*

  1. Sean M. Griffin M.D.1,
  2. Michael K. Ward B.S.2,
  3. Andrea R. Terrell Ph.D.3 and
  4. Donna Stewart M.D.4

Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00804.x

Journal of Forensic Sciences

Journal of Forensic Sciences

Volume 53, Issue 5, pages 1206–1211, September 2008




Ralph Wayne Maness       http://www.deberryfuneraldirectors.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/id/2499336

Ralph Wayne Maness

Born: May 26, 1953
Died: April 18, 2014

Ralph Wayne Maness, 60, of Sanger beloved Husband Father Grandfather Brother and Friend passed away on Friday, April 18 in Rochelle, Illinois. Wayne was born on May 26, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Ralph and Katherine Maness. He married Taylor George on January 17, 2014 in Denton.

There will be a memorial service held in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Taylor George Maness; daughters, Savannah Maness, Skylar Maness, Harley Maness, and Brandi Bannister and husband Keith; sons, Dakota Maness and Ralph Maness JR; sister, Paula Boyd and husband Charlie; brother, Sherwin Maness and wife Kelly; and 3 grandchildren, Nylah, Riley, and Quinlan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ralph Maness Benefit Account at the Prosperity Bank in Sanger, Texas.

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 The LAST RIDE HOME

 of Christopher Williams has been completed with him being delivered to family and friends in Paragould Arkansas drive safely driver on the big road in the sky RIP

Its the least we can do as brothers and sisters of the road. We will have a truck available to provide this last ride home that this driver and his family deserves. We are happy to provide the Last Ride Home. We ask all to support this trucking family in there time of loss.

Per Vicki Williams  (wife)
"A fellow trucker was found 1/13/2013 on the floor of his truck at loves truck stop in W. Memphis AR. Trucking com...pany did nothing to find him...after 5 hours of doing nothing,fellow trucker jumped in and found him within an hour. The trucking company did nothing to get him home with dignity or anything to help his family. A co-worker made a donation but the wife was left with his final paycheck and mile bonus check to cover expenses...The wife is disabled and raising their special needs grandson....Chris, the driver was only 47...The family left with nothing but facing loss of their home and all their income.....This charity stepped up and provided to this family what the company should have..Bringing this man home to his wife and grandson with dignity...GOD BLESS YOU. ...THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH"
7:28 p.m., Saturday Jan. 18

 GONE HOME

On Friday the trucking community lost another driver William Charles "Road Runner" Maness below is the information on the visitation and service

The family will receive friends Friday, January 24, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Rockwood Baptist Tabernacle; 427 Tedder Street; Rockwood, TN 37854. Memorial services will follow on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Rockwood Baptist Tabernacle with Rev. Lewis Capps officiating

 LAST RIDE HOME

Thank you Rose for the incite and drive to help us form who we are here. Now not only will we ask What would Rick do? We will also ask what would Rose do?

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