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Journal of Commerce: “NYT Truck Safety Op-ed Backfires”

August 31, 2015

NYT Truck Safety Op-ed Backfires

Howard Abramson’s Aug. 21 op-ed in the New York Times grossly mischaracterized the current state of highway safety. Bill Graves, American Trucking Associations’ president and CEO, provided an excellent rebuttal. I echo Bill’s sentiments regarding the rollback of the restart provisions of the hours of service rules that had pushed more trucks onto the highways in morning rush hour and Abramson’s spurious claim of ATA promoting 82-hour work weeks. Bill also correctly points out the industry’s push for electronic logs, speed limiters and other advances in truck safety. I also want to take issue with Abramson’s selective use of highway safety data.

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