NEW POLL: 50% Of Truckers Say They Will Be Shutting Down Beginning April 12
Will the trucker shutdown scheduled to begin Friday, April 12, be effective or will it crash and burn?
A new poll is raising eyebrows.
Little Rock, Arkansas – The conventional wisdom remains that an upcoming trucker shutdown will crash and burn, but a new unscientific poll asking truckers if they intend to participate in the protest organized by the social media group, Black Smoke Matters (BSM), is raising eyebrows.
The controversial shutdown is set to begin this Friday, April 12, and has drawn intense criticism from truckers, trucking leaders, and media outlets.
However, according to a new poll by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC), 50% of SBTC members indicated they intend to join the shutdown.
The sample size of almost 450 respondents is statistically significant when considering the SBTC is comprised of approximately 15,000 members.
INSIDER ALERT: 50% of truckers being polled over last 24 hrs (500 sample size) say they are going on STRIKE starting April 12. Go food shopping & fill your gas tank now to avoid being affected by disruptions to supply chain –JAMES LAMB, President of https://t.co/e4v0AQwugO.
— James Lamb (@RealJamesLamb) April 9, 2019
President of the SBTC, James Lamb, has expressed his reservations about the organized shutdown.
In a recent exclusive interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN) Lamb said that while he understands why the average trucker would feel “powerless and want to strike,” he is “a bit wary” of such a measure.
“We’ve got to be very careful how we address our problems because the last thing we need is for people to be angry at us for something we’ve done to cause a crisis,” he explained.
In response to the recent poll results from his members, Lamb took to Twitter to urge, “Go food shopping and fill your gas tank now to avoid being affected by supply chain disruptions.”
Joining Lamb in his concerns is the leadership of TruckerNation, an organization of truckers that grew out of the anti-ELD mandate movement.
“TruckerNation is not supporting this shutdown,” Andrea Marks, Director of Communications, told TNN. “Its not that we don’t support the concerns raised… we don’t support the approach to try and get them fixed.”
Marks said they oppose the shutdown from both a “substantive” and “tactical” perspective.
Substantively, Marks said, “The majority of the issues that the movement have laid out as ‘shutdown worthy’ have already been or are in the process of being addressed by regulators.”
Supporting Marks argument is the fact that in recent months the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced initiatives and plans to address a host of issues such as Hours of Service (HOS) reform, increased funding for truck parking, reform to CSA’s flawed “crash preventability” criteria, and truck driver training standards.
From a tactical standpoint, Marks believes a shutdown “is an effective way to impact real change.”
She outlined her case this way.
“If we look at the protests of today as an exercise in public awareness, they appear to have had little success at best. Their messages are dismissed by unsympathetic media, assuming that the media even acknowledges the protests, and have become increasingly repetitive, boring, and ineffective. Protests cannot and will not achieve the change we need. It is time to try a different method.”
Last weekend TNN published a brand new interview with a founder of BSM, Joe Denney. Despite the criticism, Denney said he is “feeling great” about the upcoming shutdown.
“I’m getting all kinds of good vibes from people all over the country,” Denney said. “There’s more to this than trucking. We are talking about people’s constitutional rights.”
To read the full interview and plans for the shutdown click HERE.
The big question still remains, will the shutdown flourish or fizzle?
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Want to read more of TNN’s coverage of BSM and the shutdown? Click HERE.