Roses & Razzberries – February 2020

February 2020

Terry Scruton


ROSES to the city of Surrey, British Columbia, for tackling the truck problem head-on. When most cities consider truck parking, it’s usually only long enough to pass an ordinance banning it from city streets or residential neighborhoods. Surrey took a different approach.

In 2018, the mayor and the city council established a Truck Parking Task Force and over the course of a year met with more than 2,000 residents, truck owners and industry stakeholders to discuss solutions. They came up with the Surrey Truck Parking Strategy, which goes into effect this year and includes a permit program, truck parking development, and a parking app. In all, it is expected to add up to 1,700 new truck parking spaces in the city.

Other cities take note – that’s how it’s done.

ROSES to Jason Upperco and the folks at Kenworth of Central Florida, Orlando, for helping to make a special day for a dementia patient. WESH-TV reported that John Kober, a resident at Arden Courts Memory Care Community, was a longtime produce hauler who drove a Kenworth for years.

Through the facility’s Heart’s Desire program, Upperco arranged for a Kenworth T680 to pick up Kober and take him for a ride – and presented him with a new jacket and a new hat. Upperco said about five minutes into the trip, Kober was chattering away about the truck. It’s a heartwarming story for these cold winter months.

This started out as a RAZZBERRY from life member James Davis of Orient, Ohio, for a law firm out of Ohio that specializes in truck accidents. We’ve seen it a hundred times before. It even says “Hurt by a truck?” right at the top of their website. In spite of that, this firm was not the worst one we’ve seen (hello, Texas Hammer!).

In fact, one of the videos started off with the lead attorney saying, “As you can imagine, it’s not easy being a truck driver. There are all kinds of pressures put on these men and women who provide such an important service. More often than not it’s the company they work for that pushes them to go faster, further and longer than they should.”

Now we’re not going to get carried away and offer this guy a rose. He’s still chasing after trucks, after all. But we at least need to recognize that this is the first accident attorney ad we’ve seen that actually acknowledges at least some of what truckers go through. That’s got to count for something, right?

RAZZBERRY to the FMCSA for delaying part of the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule. The administration put forth a proposal early in 2019 asking for opinions on delaying the requirement for states to use the database by a few years so it could have more time to deal with some questions and finish the interface for the database.

In comments filed at that time, OOIDA said delaying only part of the rule would create confusion among truck drivers. And guess what happened last December? Yep. Confusion everywhere. It’s funny how the administration refused to give drivers more time to comply with the ELD rule, but when it’s the administration that needs more time, hey, all bets are off.

If they were going to delay part of it, they should have just delayed the whole thing.

ROSES to everyone who helped reunite a trucker with his beloved pet. The trucker – identified by the Humane Society of Greater Rochester only as Matthew B. – lost his cat, Ashes, when she jumped out of his truck at a Love’s Travel Stop in Springfield, Ohio. After frantically searching, Matthew knew he had a load to deliver so he reluctantly got into his truck and drove away. That was in July of last year.

Cut to November and a woman named Kimberly T. was passing through that same stop on her way to her hometown of Rochester when she spotted Ashes cold, emaciated and seeking attention.

She scooped up the cat and searched around for its owner. Having no luck, she took Ashes with her back to Rochester, where she brought him to the Humane Society’s Lollipop Farm. They treated him and scanned his microchip. When Matthew got the news, he found a load to take him from his home state of Georgia to as close to Rochester as possible. Soon he and Ashes were reunited in what Matthew called “a Christmas miracle.” LL

Want to read more Roses & Razzberries? Check out these from December 2019/January 2020.

Terry Scruton

Terry Scruton brought nine years of journalism experience when he joined Land Line Magazine in 2005, and that experience continues to serve him on the radio show. Terry’s must-read “Roses & Razzberries” is also a popular feature with Land Line Now listeners.