NEW KNOXVILLE — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan attended the grand opening of Fleet Safety Services’ new office and also took time for a closed door roundtable discussion with trucking company representatives.
Jeff Davis, founder and principal of Fleet Safety Services, said Jordan, R-Urbana, touched on the debt ceiling, the truck driver shortage and other subjects during the closed door discussion. What was focused on was the new E-log system that will be mandatory for all truck drivers to use beginning Dec. 18.
“Truckers will have to electronically log in instead of using paper,” Davis said. “Truckers’ logs will now be monitored electronically. The end result is, we’ll need more trucks and truck drivers to move the same amount of freight.”
This will cause economic problems because 70 percent of all freight in the country is moved by truck, Davis said.
“It’s gong to make it more difficult to move the countries freight,” Davis said. “There will be a 12 to 20 percent reduction in their [trucking companies’] ability to make deliveries.”
Jordan held a question and answer meeting with trucking company representatives and local residents after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Rex Katterheinrich, New Knoxville village administrator, asked a question concerning the lack of civility in current politics.
“I’m probably just a traditionalist but I’ve been involved in government long enough I remember when there was compromise. I do remember when Republicans and Democrats actually went into the same room and negotiated major issues,” he said. “Do you see it at all coming back to a traditional approach to government?”
“I hope so,” Jordan responded. “We’ve never before had a major piece of legislation that fundamentally changed a significant sector of our economy, like Obamacare. We’ve never had one before that was done in a completely partisan fashion. And I would argue that just set the tone. It has been, frankly, pretty ugly since that moment.”
Fleet Safety Services is a consulting and advising group that mostly works with trucking companies. It helps companies with regulations, safety regulations and hours of service, Davis said. The new office, so new it still has the fresh, brand new carpet smell, in New Knoxville isn’t only an office space but its has an area in back where new truck drivers can receive training.
Fleet Safety represents more than 350 clients, most of them in the local area, Davis said.
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