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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The New Normal?

It happened with amazing and delightful swiftness.  A major storm in the forecast, and the order came down from Harrisburg-- get the big trucks off the roads.

As has been established here, trucking is a tough business and our economy depends upon it.  I feel sorry for truckers and their families affected by any current or future ban.  Many drivers don't make money unless the wheels are rolling.

On the other hand, trucks are awful in heavy snow.  A stuck truck clogging an interstate or the Pennsylvania Turnpike doesn't help anyone.  The state had to learn this the hard way.  After repeated problems over the years, leaving drivers and passengers stranded for hours, state government is finally getting smart.

Truck bans in big storms appears to be the new normal.  Let's see how it works.  I'm already inclined to say it's a great idea.