Thanks to intrastate driver Chucky Plimpton and long-hauler Slim Darmstadter, lunch at the truckstop had been mighty entertaining. Quoting from a tattered copy of regulatory interpretations, Darmstadter said Plimpton was subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations whenever “the intent of the transportation being performed is interstate in nature, even when the route is within the boundaries of a single state.” Huh?
Gleefully aware of Plimpton’s confusion, Darmstadter then quoted Uncle Sam’s clarification that “interstate commerce is determined by the essential character of the movement, manifested by the shipper’s fixed and persistent intent at the time of shipment, and is ascertained from all the facts and circumstances surrounding the transportation.” Huh? Poor Plimpton.
Doe received a preventable-accident warning letter from his safety director, which he contested. Asked to resolve the dispute, the National Safety Council’s Accident Review Committee ruled in Doe’s favor, declaring that he’d taken every reasonable precaution. Even a dead stop probably wouldn’t have helped, NSC said.