One truck driver's lament - The Packer

One truck driver's lament

02/08/2011 04:59:55 PM
Tom Karst

Federal rulemaking on "hours of service" for truck drivers is attracting a lot of attention. Here is a comment submitted by one trucker recently.  It is one truck driver's lament.


Debra Ann Odell - Comments
Document ID: FMCSA-2004-19608-6284.1
This is comment on Proposed Rule: Hours of Service of Drivers, Proposed Rule, 75 FR 82170, December

29, 2010
Docket ID:

Attn: Hours of Service of Drivers
Docket # FMCSA-2004-19608
Ms Anne Ferro
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington DC 20590
Re: Hours of Service of Drivers
Docket # FMCSA-2004-19608

Dear Administrator Ferro:
I wish to express concern regarding proposed changes to the Hours of Service regulations. The proposed changes are horrible for a multitude of reasons and are as follows:

•  By reducing hours allowed to drive and be on duty will strike a huge blow to a struggling economy. It will reduce the capacity to haul freight in a timely manner the industry is accustomed to which will result in substantially higher shipping rates,  that, in turn, are passed along to consumers.

• Delivery routes, distribution centers, carriers, and the nation’s distribution network will be severely disrupted as they are designed around the current regulations.

• By decreasing working hours, you force a pay cut on drivers who have worked long and hard for their current wage in a time when families are already struggling to make ends meet.

• Forcing 2 consecutive midnight to 6:00am time periods for a 34 hour restart equates to unrealistic loss of usable time (i.e. day ends at 0100 on 01/15, under current regulations, driver may start again at 1100 on 01/16.
Proposed rule extends the start time to 0600 on 01/17, a loss of 19 hours). 

It’s bad enough that driver’s already struggle to find safe parking to rest since state’s are closing rest areas; that a large percentage of  shippers/receivers do not provide staging areas that allow a driver to rest in a safe environment; that customers generally do not allow large truck parking on their property (give us what we ordered, now get the heck off our property)

; that drivers “of size” are being discriminated against and instead of forcing truck stops to provide seriously  healthier alternatives (how many truck stops are  you aware of that provide a variety of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, lean chicken and fish, and whole grains or a safe place to exercise/workout?) you much rather just get rid of “fatso” drivers,  increasing the unemployment rate.

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