Trucking has many more good eggs than bad apples

By Mark Schremmer, staff writer

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 edged from the spotlight all too often 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.

We must take into account that Dr. Molloy has been with the NTSB since 1996. For years, he has reviewed cases involving the worst of the worst in the industry. It's probably easy for his view of trucking to be jaded from his corner of the world.

But 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 high-risk fleets off the highway just as much as any safety board.

Increased safety will not come from over-regulating the industry and driving the good truckers 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 keep in mind that most drivers are focused on safety and want nothing more than to arrive to their destinations without harming themselves or others.

There are many more good eggs than bad apples. LL