There’s a fine line between public service and public nuisance, and the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) is right there on it with their “Greenville Roadside Inspection.” To be held May 20th, the day after the International Roadcheck is scheduled to end (but we all know the heightened amount of inspections runs until the weekend), the TTA is welcoming interested parties to come to the Greenville Scales on I-81 at mile marker 21.
There they will be placed into teams, shown what prompts trucks to be targeted for inspections, how equipment at the scale house operates, and how paperwork and equipment are verified safe for travel. The TTA is welcoming anyone, even non-members, but would specifically like employees in the Logs, Safety, Violations, and Maintenance departments. They even have lunch provided by CMH Transport, Inc., which is based in Maryville, Tennessee.
This does not sit well with me…
So how do I really feel about this? A scale house is a place of official business, not a petting zoo. Truck drivers are not there to be poked and prodded like baby goats. We are there because there is a situation to be rectified, not to smile and wave for the tourists. Some could see this as an invasion of privacy, a private business matter that should not be made public without permission from both parties involved. How can we be sure that if a driver does not want to take part in this attraction, he or she would not be made to “suffer the consequences”?
I only see this as another way that truckers are dehumanized. From the moment we fill out a job application, drivers are known more often by an assigned number than by their given names. Your dispatchers or brokers do not use your name to look you up, but that “part number” you’re given has everything about you inside it.
Now we have an event where tourists can say, “Let’s pull that guy in, I know he has to have something wrong. No problem, we won’t let him go until we find it.”