Mike Umlah 
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Re: “Letters to the editor, October 26, 2017

I'm just curious to find out where you think all of the things you take for granted come from? Chances are they were transported via tractor trailer and or ship. It would take 3-4 box trucks to carry that 1 tractor trailer load that makes multiple stop's and with the current rates for trucking, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and other related trucking costs the company would not be able to stay a float if they had to pay for 3-4 extra trucks, employee's and all of the other related costs. With Halifax being a port city it thrives off of the ship's that enter the port and deliver affordable product's to everyone also export our product's to other countries that rely on us. These trucks travel on 2 route's none of which have schools, hospital's, or much residential or retail area. The biggest issue that i have seen around these commercial vehicle's are the careless people that are around them, yes they are big, yes they are noisy, yes they may have to sometimes use a curb to get around a corner, yes they take more time to stop but i personally believe what you are asking for is just an incovenience kind of thing because you may not like them. The port is what keep's Halifax thriving without it all of Nova Scotia would suffer. A designated route for truck traffic? They already have that, one route in and one route out.The only other option would be residential and to me that would be more of a safety issue having to travel through school zones, hospital zones, and residential area's that children play in.I rely on the trucking industry to feed my family, I know what it take's to drive these truck's in tight area's, I know how much responsibility is on these driver's shoulder's, I know what is involved in keeping the equipment safe for the road as safety of everyone is #1, my father relied on the industry to take care of his family, my grandfather relied on the port industry for his family, and his father relied on it as well, Not to mention the rest of Nova Scotia and Canada. I see 2 option's, Let them roll or shut Halifax down, What do you think will happen?

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Posted by Mike Umlah on 11/05/2017 at 3:52 PM

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