In defence of the skills of our expert fuel tanker drivers

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From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

full marks to S Franks for sticking up for tanker drivers (Yorkshire Post, April 4).

Setting aside the issue of strike action, it is amazing that R Dobson should suggest that they do an “unskilled” job (Yorkshire Post, March 30). I had always respected good HGV and PSV drivers but they went up even further in my esteem when, in the centre of Lausanne, I watched in disbelief as a massive trailer was reversed into a narrow alley in the time it would probably take your judgmental reader to park his (or her) car. Out on the road, there is the responsibility for the cargo; awesome if it be people or volatile substances.

I would take a lot of persuading that these undervalued public servants could ever be overpaid.

From: Geoff North, Silverdale Avenue, Guiseley.

following on from the letters about tanker drivers, if electric cars become the norm which may well happen in the not too distant future, then there won’t be a need for so many of them. But if I may go off on a tangent, there seems to have been little evaluation of the implications of an all-electric-car society.

At the moment car manufacturers seem to be hell bent on perfecting their own batteries vying with each other to become market leaders – the winners take the spoils. Whoever wins, the basic assumption is that owners of electric cars will be able to charge them up in their garages. But what about all the car owners who do not have garages? Can you envisage streams of cables crossing pavements or banks of electricity chargers positioned along every street? And what happens to the thousands of potentially redundant petrol filling stations?

In my naivety I see one solution which addresses these problems. If car manufacturers were to collaborate in designing a common electricity cartridge which could be taken out of a car at a fuel station and a charged one inserted, then these stations would take on a new role and streets would not have to be littered with cables or chargers. Instruments inside each car could show the level of charge remaining so that motorists know when to call in at the nearest fuel station for a new cartridge. Fuel stations then become electricity recharging centres. But perhaps this is too simple.

From: Roger Dobson, Ash Street, Cross Hills, Keighley.

Oh dear. In my letter regarding the petrol tankers’ possible strike, I appear to hit a nerve with S Franks (Yorkshire Post, April 4).

For his/her information in the first 36 years of my working life, I handled extremely dangerous acid and alkalines and deadly poisons which were equally as dangerous as properly tankered petrol.

Also, if this correspondent could show me the ropes, I would be only too pleased to fill the breach as with 50 years-plus driving experience I believe I have the capability.

From: Peter A Ellis, Patterdale Drive, Dalton, Huddersfield.

SO the Government is advocating that we fill jerry cans, in the wake of the impending strike by the tanker drivers.

Wonderful, so how many cans are Mr Cameron and co going to fill?

Perhaps we should stock up on Cornish pasties as well in preparation for the possible food shortages brought about by the exorbitant fuel prices that will obviously serve to eventually put the hauliers out of business, after which there will be no means to transport food and other essentials to shops and supermarkets.