Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

The Big Blitz

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Starting last Monday night at 12:00 pm the department of transportation set up a blitz at the three main scales that lead out of the lower mainland to the rest of BC checking for derelict trucks.  The blitz was to last for 72 hours 24 hours a day.   (more…)

Lazy Road Crew or ???

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

I have to wonder why the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt is so bad (especially since I plowed and sanded/salted roads myself for over five years) when the temp is hovering around 0 to plus one degrees celcius.  Salt can be applied up to -2 degrees celcius so there was lots of room to wiggle on this one.  All they had to do is salt the be jesus out of the compact and use the blades to remove it or at least take it down to a thinner layer that the traffic could remove over time.  Oh well must be a money thing.  The same thing can be said from Blue River to Valemount also as the compact there could be removed even easier as the traffic is not as heavy so it wouldn’t blow off the material before it has a chance to do its job.  I realize it isn’t as cut and dried as I make it out, but it can be done with the right amount of manpower and dollars.  Maybe we should go back to having the government take over the role, at least the taxpayer will be getting his/her moneys worth. My two cents…

The Frustration Continues

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Went to start my pete the other day and voila, the damn thing wouldn’t start again until I turned the key on and off a couple of times.  I swear I’ve about had enough of spending money on this without it getting resolved.  I have another appointment with Peterbilt in Edmonton this weekend.  Still hauling steel rig matts into northern Alberta and it looks like I will be doing it for another week anyways.  Making good money so I don’t mind.  Other than the starting issues, the truck seems to be working just fine. 

Drivers in Alberta are pretty much brain dead in my opinion as I constantly get four wheelers neglecting to dim their headlights or dummy those new fog lights on most newer vehicles.  I even have them passing me on double solid lines on hills.  I am willing to bet that most of them are impaired in some way.  No wonder accidents are happening and people are dying.  Too bad that truckers are getting a bad rap over it though.  As far as I’m concerned most of these morons deserve to die when they drive the way they do.  I hope that the Albertan authorities get a handle on it soon or more innocent people will be affected. 

See you later.

Traffic Woes

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Had to deliver a load of styrofoam from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to Whistler, B.C. Canada for Friday morning.  The ride from Alberta to B.C. was okay as usual but, for those of you who know what I’m talking about, the traffic was horrendous on the Sea to Sky Highway.  They are rebuilding the highway for the 2010 Winter Olympic games of course, but idiots still come out of the woodwork even in a 50 km zone.  I had cars/pickups passing me on narrow roadways nearly hitting construction workers in the process.  Amazes me that someone could be in that much of a hurry.  Driving a tractor and 53′ trailer around the Village of Whistler is no picnic either.  Luckily, the parking lots on Lorimer Boulevard were practically empty and I could spend the night for unloading first thing in the morning.  They are putting one of those environmentally friendly roofs on the library/museum, hence the need for styrofoam.  I like hauling styrofoam as it is a light load and pays well, not to mention the savings in fuel.  Stopped at North Vancouver on the way back to load some 24″x.750″x60′ pipe to be delivered in Nisku, Alberta by monday morning.  There goes the fuel savings.  Bye for now.