Vulnerability "Trucking" is (primarily) Small Businesses Challenges to the Movement of Freight Turning Mishaps into Fortune Inflates the Economy Businesses that operate with trucks, both large and small, are the driving force behind our modern economy. They must operate on public highways for our economic system to work. However, the vast majority are small, “niche” providers, 95% of which use 10 or fewer trucks. As you can imagine, highway operations, taxation and regulatory requirements present daunting challenges for these small “fleets.” One truck is, by definition, a “fleet.” These small-business truck owners are not just “truckers” by definition; they are pillars of our communities, providing jobs and supporting local economies. Unfortunately, when mistakes happen, whether their fault or not, they are too often vulnerable to frivolous, often fraudulent, costly and unfair lawsuit claims. This stress and strain impacts their out-of-pocket finances, but also jeopardizes their insurability. Business owners and their successors find themselves constantly having to ponder: who wants that liability and worry? Highway operations present increasing threats, particularly to commercial motorists – none more so than risks posed by distracted and impaired drivers. It's imperative for the public to support initiatives that promote and enforce safe driving habits for the safety of all road users. Supporting the trucking function is about more than just getting products to our shelves. It's about sustaining that backbone with locally-owned business-trucking. By fostering an environment conducive to them thriving within our hyper-competitive region, advocating for good public policy that doesn’t place undue burdens on them should be of interest to everyone.