Are oversized loads your cup of tea? Well, hats off to you if you have ever dealt with steep regulations and a weight limit that requires a pilot car. Truck drivers do indeed deliver everything, but have you ever wondered about those giant wind turbines dotting the landscape?
The United States produces more megawatts of power than any other nation on earth, but our turbines have so far come in smaller pieces than the bold Danish models that are beginning to pop up. Last year, Siemens delivered blades 246 feet long! One blade alone weighs 25 tons!
As of July 2013, Siemens is struggling with solar power, but wind turbines seem like they will be here to stay. Even if they do not become the major source of energy that some hope, they will still produce energy nonetheless. For truck drivers, this means heavy loads. Or does it?
If parts are made overseas, then ocean going ships will be the major source of transportation. Also, many of the major sites for wind turbines are in either California or Texas. Both have ocean access. With this scenario, the two states will still need trucks to haul the giant parts. Even with this advantage, the United States is still killing the trucking industry with regulation.
When it comes to moving oversized loads between states, the regulation is startling. In many cases, companies are finding that moving parts by barge is far less trouble. In one instance, a company wished to transport from Washington to California, but the state trailer restrictions were different and it was found that trucking the parts in would be too complicated and expensive. Instead of a truck, they opted for the barge.
So what do you think? Have truckers met their match? Are these wind turbines too big to move overland? Or is just the fact that politicians and lawyers are making business difficult for truck drivers? If you are reading this, I bet you pick the last option.
I was amazed when I watched the Siemens video transportation. It is an extremely innovative way to move a giant object through winding roads. Afterwards, I found another example of a truck moving a blade through even more winding roads. You should check it out and tell me if you think you could pull it off. That’s if the government lets you I mean.
With current events ablaze, it is not surprising to see trucking issues in politics. It is sad that the people that actually work in this country are regulated to death. It is also sad to see that other countries are moving ahead of us in innovation because they seem to grasp capitalism and free enterprise better than we do.
If you are not of the political mind, then just enjoy the amazing videos and keep on trucking. If you have a taste for it, then be sure to check on your surrounding states restrictions to see how you can become involved in moving the largest loads possible.