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Hours of Service to Change Again?


After a long, hard battle advocates finally accomplished their goal in having the hours of service for truck drivers changed to the current 14/10 rule with the 34-hour restart thrown in for support. Remember all the news this was making back then? It was going to be so much better for the general public safety and concerns.

Entering into effect on October 1st, 2005, the trucking industry began operating under the new rules, which to this day, many drivers still do not agree with. And now . . . change may be coming again. Last July, the court ruled to vacate the current rule and change it BACK to the way it was before! The ruling will not become effective until September 12, 2008. Some parties such as ATA, et al are or will be asking for a stay of the current ruling.

If the court does not grant a stay, then on September 12, drivers will be going back to the 10-hour driving rule, and will no longer use the 34-hour restart rule. Rules that will be staying in place are the 14-hour on-duty time, the 10 hours off duty, the 2/8 hours split sleeper berth time and the 60/70 rule.

So for now, the trucking industry will have to wait and see. Are we in for another hours of service rule change? It is highly possible. I stand behind the old adage as I did in 2005 . . . “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Aubrey Allen Smith is a veteran trucker and author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. An expert in transportation, his book has helped thousands of new, inexperienced drivers understand the scams of the trucking industry. Please visit today, to learn more.

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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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5 Responses to Hours of Service to Change Again?. - Post a Comment

  1. Pat Croft

    I have never seen so much pro bono labor in my life as when i went into the trucking industry and spend a substantial amount of my time doing trip logs and trip planning. It is pretty discusting. OTR spent on the job is far below minimum wage. It is criminal. Not too many companies have much respect for a man’s labor.

    Pat Croft

  2. Guy Bourrie

    It is the opinion of this driver that, on its face, the proposed change is a good one. Not only will it prevent carriers from using overwork as their main competitive edge, but it also goes a short way toward removing truck drivers from their rolling sweat shops and allowing them to enjoy a little of the fruits of their labor.

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) argues that truckers’ livelihoods will be hurt by these changes because the regulation would limit their maximum hours. This is true, but only because truckers (at present) must work the maximum amount of hours (and then some) in order to maintain their position in the lower middle class. If the proposed HOS change is coupled with pay by-the-hour for all work performed and full protection under the FLSA, drivers would see their paychecks increase and their working conditions greatly improve, and the American public would find the highways a much safer place.

  3. admin

    Thanks Guy.

    The phrase you mentioned , “coupled with pay by-the-hour”, is the key to what would make this work for drivers. This would improve their quality of life dramatically……….but will that happen?

  4. David Robson

    I laugh every time this subject comes up. It really upsets me that this is an issue they wont let go. The human body requires between 6-8 hours of undisturbed sleep to regenerate, thats it, thats all, we can’t change human biology. When you take this sleep depends on the individual.

    Know lets be professionals and know when to pull over, go to bed and tell dispatch to quit whining or have someone come drive the truck while you get your needed rest. Thats it, thats all, end of story.

    If the D.O.T. was serious about this issue, they would open every scale between 10pm and 4am and monitor log books. They won’t because it would cripple the industry and create an economic upset. Besides, their parking lots aren’t big enough to hold all the O.O.S. drivers.

    Talking about the seriousness of the D.O.T. I was pulled in on the 695 in Baltimore one time and my log book was not up to date. He asked me to verbally recap my last 12 hours. I told him indirectly, if he did his math, that I only had 6 hours bunk time. No fine, just update my book. He didn’t even inspect it after I updated it. Go figure.

    For 10 years I have been driving the same schedule. I get up at 6-7 am and do what I can by midnight, then shut down for six hours. If dispatch has a problem with that then call someone who cares.

    I am sorry but seeing good money go to useless issues really peeves me. It would be better spent on driver training programs because no matter what they do with the H.O.S. we are still going to drive the same right.

    If they really want to get serious, make it mandatory every truck in America have on board logs with auto shut-down. Imagine what that would do to the economy.

  5. admin

    …..the correct date of effect is Sept. 14th, 2008

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