Imagine having every truck in your fleet inspected on average 1.2 times over a 5 day period… and why? Easy answer, money!
On average across the US according to Truckinfo.net and National Transportation Board statistics there are 41,000-45,000 traffic related fatalities. 9% of those fatalities involve a commercial vehicle, and in 80% of those fatalities, the non-commercial driver was found “at fault”. That translates to 1.8% of the annual traffic fatalities where the commercial driver was found “at fault” and 4% of those fatal accidents were driver fatigue related.
We estimate that Hotshot rigs represent only 1-2% of the total commercial market, so even if we measured the fatality “risk” of a 30,000 pound gross weight hotshot rig as equal to an 80,000 pound gross rate big truck, hotshot related fatalities due to driver “at fault” fatigue represents a risk of .5 nationwide deaths per year.
So, it’s clear that Hotshot drivers are not “killing” the general public on America’s highways because our drivers are tired.
So why all the DOT “heat?” Well unfortunately there are a lot of Hotshot drivers and rigs operating out of compliance with Federal DOT regulations which makes them an easy enforcement target, not because they are dangerous or a safety risk, but because hotshot inspections result in a higher percentage of gross fines.
State DOT enforcement officers are the Policy Academy drop outs operating as nothing more than revenue agents, tasked to shake down carriers for money. They dress up in their cute tactical black ops bullet proof gear as if they’re getting ready to run the raid on Bin Laden, then point out that your log book is missing a notation related to a fuel stop. LMAO!
Nice job this October you bunch of DOT clowns you just saved .00000000000001% of commercial fatalities, while 200 cars went by your pathetic weigh station at 80 mph.