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HOS Rule Change more serious than CSA

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The trucking industry is gearing up for the new safety initiative, now known as simply CSA.  Discussion is abundant over the consequences to trucking companies and truck drivers, with estimates ranging between 100,000 and 300,000 as the number of truckers who will find themselves out of a job, and possibly, a career.  As professional drivers, do you feel that this is an accurate assessment of the CSA or is it simply fear of the unknown?

If the numbers prove to be accurate, then this already jobless economy will worsen.  With a true unemployment rate of 17% and 14.9 million Americans out of work, why the enforcement of CSA at a time of economic uncertainty?

One issue that has been swept under the rug, is the near certainty of changing the hours of service rules for the professional truck driver.  Currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget, the final rules will not take effect until sometime in 2011.  Well, 2011 is right around the corner.

If all goes as predicted, the 11 hour driving rule could be shortened to nine hours, the 14 hours would drop to 12,  and the 34 hour restart rule will be history.  Could such HOS changes be more serious than the CSA?  Obviously, this will reduce the hours a driver may work and experts agree that it will actually shrink the capacity of the U. S.  trucking industry.  If these do become the new hours of service regulations, could it have much more impact on the industry than the CSA?

The Summer of 2011 is not that far away.  Once we are underway with the implementation of CSA, the next storm for truck drivers and the industry will be the changing of the HOS rules.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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20 Responses to HOS Rule Change more serious than CSA. - Post a Comment

  1. Hack

    It would be absolutely foolish to institute a nine-hour driving day without more provisions for rest areas.

    This is especially problematic in states like Virginia (among others, I’m sure), which are, I’ve heard, closing rest areas to save money.

    Bad move. According to a study by the American Society of Civil Engineers, $2.2 trillion in spending will be required just to get road and rail infrastructure up to snuff.

    I’m curious as to whether or not they took rest areas into account, as many are in varying states of disrepair.

  2. Allen Smith

    Good point. Lowering the hours a driver can drive, yet failing to provide more areas for the regulatory rest break … sure is a lot of safety in that?

  3. Jason Haggard

    Hey Allen, you had to know I would be speaking out against this one. I really don’t know what our government is thinking with this idea. This plan will virtually destroy overnight expedited services,thus shooting the USPS in the foot. We will also see more drivers having to push it faster to make up for the lost hours. We are staring at a safety nightmare.

  4. Allen Smith

    Hey Jason: Yea, I’m just curious about others thoughts on this issue, even though it is still a year+ away, and the final rulings, if any, are still up in the air.

  5. Matt

    That’s when I’ll just run three logbooks. Dumbass government.

  6. Eskimoe Joe

    Lowering the driving hours to 9 is likely to put many owner operators out of business. The truck payment remains the same but the revenue drops by 500 miles a week. Hopefully they will be reasonable and only cut it to 10 hours driving.

  7. Allen Smith

    LOL … you got that right!

  8. Allen Smith

    It will no doubt hurt the OTR drivers more than anyone. We’ll have to wait and see what the final outcome is, but many suspect these changes, or very similar ones will take effect.

    Owner operators are writing me telling me they are barely making $28,000 per year … others are calling it quits due to being unable to turn a profit due to the cheap freight, high fuel, etc.

    Looks like the Government is at work to rid the industry of the higher paid American driver and begin moving in cheap labor.

  9. Mark S Blackmon, Alabama

    All part of the Government and big business to open the borders to illegals to come here and haul the freight! Driver shortage and open border to Mexico. Bring the cheap labor from Mexico up here! The companies, trucking and factory, in USA and Mexico are in a win-win situation, cheap labor and transportation, then sell high here in USA, make big profits, pay nothing !

  10. Rod Hannifey

    Goodaye all, in Europe they have even tighter restrictions and in Australia we have just had changes, but can run, 12, 14 or 16 hours in 24 subject to training and fatigue management schemes. It is still a problem with more restrictions and bigger fines, but all this is being driven by so called experts who do not have to live by the rules they bring in and do not have to live their lives on the road.

    They do not live in a truck, go home to their own beds and families each night and expect one set of rules bringing all down to the lowest common denominator to solve what they see as trucking issues. Where are your strong associations on this? Safe Travelling, Rod Hannifey, Australia.

  11. Allen Smith

    That seems to be the belief of many truckers … only time will tell.

  12. Allen Smith

    Strong associations? Well, we have the ATA, American Trucking Association which works mainly for the trucking companies and we have the OOIDA, Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, but most drivers do not see much coming out of this association either.

    For the most part, American drivers are left to fend for themselves.

  13. Bonnie MacPherson

    Drivers must demand a pay raise to keep up the income. The only way to stop the abuse is to bring a Class Action Law Suite against the hate-group Public Citizen and the D.O.T., OR a nation-wide shut down to bring this abusive government scandle to the attention of the entire country. As an owner-op, I am living on poverty wages now, my truck is beyond upgrade and repair and I’m not certain that buying a newer trk is a valid plan. But I really cannot find another job that will cover both personal and business bills should I quit.
    We drivers are the only ones interested in our welfare, therefore, it is up to truckers to protest for higher wages or demand that P-C get out of our lives.
    With only 9 hours to drive and 12 to work, Public Criminals idea of making the roads safer is to eliminate the trucking industry completely. Sitting for 12 hours a day? What crap! 10 hours is more than enough, it is actually too much.
    I, and many of my friends, (all of us over 50years of age), only sleep 5 or 6 hours a day; don’t need more than that! Then to have to sit for an additional 7 hours!? I will be exhausted before I start driving!

  14. Allen Smith

    The PSP within the CSA is a very important aspect for drivers, especially Owner Operators. EVERY DRIVER should get their PSP right now. In the very near future, what info is on the PSP could make or break the driver . . . very important for every driver to get theirs.

    Also, the PSP will prove to be an important tool for the good drivers to be able to demand higher wages. We will be having a show on this very soon.

  15. Ron Comfort

    Do these people seriousely think that if we have enough new rules and regulations, we will someday have a perfect world? This is insane.
    Here is the best way to insure absolute safety, STAY HOME, KEEP OUR TRUCKS QUIET.
    At what point are people allowed to take responsibility for our own lives with out big bro looking over our shoulder?
    My company just had us in this safety meeting where we were spoken to by a DOT cop. We were told it wont end here, they also intend to require by law that all trucks, even owner/operator truck will have an on board monitoring computor.
    We no longer live in the land of the free and we should all be highly pissed. This is tyranny and it sucks.

  16. Gary Riggs

    Warren Buffet bought big into Northern Rail. He is a liberal.
    The Unions want OOs out of business to make room for their own.
    The Administration wants Unions (i.e. them) contolling everything (incl. trucking)
    Nuff said

  17. PetWar

    U hit the nail on the head, but these fools don`t realize, if they outsource every job in America, then Americans won`t have any money to buy anything , or pay their mortgages. This country is going down the drain fast.

  18. PetWar

    The politicians busted all the unions in this country a long time ago.

  19. PetWar

    Right on bro. Truckers in America could be the worlds most powerful cartel. If we don’t move it, the economy crashes, worldwide. I’m tired of being whipped so the fat cats can have their global economy work.

  20. PetWar

    Well, it can’t be any worse than it is now.

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