And I am sure you can back up your statement that half of all trucks inspected failed the inspection. I drove over the road for thirteen and a half years and I averaged two full DOT inspection a year and I was never shut down.<quoted text>
I was speaking rhetorically on trucks of course. Nevertheless, all talk and no respect for rules, the truckers and their bosses who leave them no choice but to break all the rules. Like here, pretty much. I never drove below 160 in all western European countries , as did other drivers, and was stopped for speeding only once, in the Netherlands.
Trucks have all those records you wrote about and they are of course looked over by European police should they stop them for any infraction. But no one else checks them and drivers are encouraged to speed and go over the hours authorised else they don't respect their schedule . Pretty much like here. I don't know how it is in the States, and speaking of trucks, more than half the rigs checked here on the road by the Ministry of Transportation don't pass roadworthy or safety checks. As to speed and work hours...
In one case I tried to get shut down and they wouldn't. It was my first driving job and they gave me a ragged out truck that had an oil leak that dripped on the exhaust manifold and caused fumes in the cab and when I brought this to DOT's attention, they wrote it up but did not shut me down.
I got rid of the truck when I told them my mother was sick and I did not know when I would be back. Policy was that if you took more than three days off, you turned the truck in. I came back on the forth day and got a newer truck. After a year they start giving you better trucks to drive.