Monday, July 1, 2013

My thoughts on todays new Hours of Service

Today we as truck drivers start a new Hours of Service once again. It seems to this truck driver that the people that regulate us very rarely listen to us and give more weight to those who believe they know what is best for us. These citizens groups most likely have never been in a truck or even know a truck driver.

I am a line haul driver for an LTL trucking company in the mid-west. My day starts at 9PM and ends in the morning. A 12 or more hour night is common for me and by the end of my shift I am eager to get home to my family and get some rest. The new HOS now force me to add 30 minutes to each day. So my 12 hour night now becomes a 12 1/2 hour day. I know when I need a break during the night and if I find myself tired or fatigued I will stop and get out of the truck and walk around.

What will I do about the new HOS? I will do what is legal like I always do. In the quarter of a century I have been driving I have seen many changes to HOS. I always adapt to them and go on down the road. It would be fun for me to pick the hours, days and times that the people who govern me work. I would add more hours to them to get their head out of their butt and get there job done!

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