Would you pick up a hitchhiker?
Would you pick up a hitchhiker? istockphoto

Hitchhiker debate continues

HOW many truck drivers will pick up a hitchhiker they come across on their travels?   Not many I suspect as, in the case of employed drivers, it is mostly disallowed under company policy.   Owner-operators or small fleet owners can be a bit more flexible but the most drivers Spy has spoken to about the subject won't do it.   There is a minority of drivers who will pick up a hitchhiker, often depending on the circumstances.   The ones who have in the past told me it had been raining or they were on a long trip and felt lonely and welcomed somebody to yarn with.   Spy was at a roadhouse parking area in mid-May when would-be hitchhiker Esteban Tarrega asked a driver for a lift.   The truckie who was on an enforced fatigue break declined.   "I did get a lift from one driver yesterday," Esteban said.   Esteban, an Italian, and will be Down Under for five more months and many of our drivers will probably see him beside a highway or byway.  

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