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.