More Flexibility or Higher Wages for Truck Drivers?
Dr. Michael Belzer, an economist, recently told me that if Drivers wages increased 20%, the price of goods on the shelf would only increase about one half of 1%.
That’s .50 cents on a $100 grocery bill.
Our economy is only paying for Distance Traveled NOT the Time It Takes to Travel Distance. Our economy is NOT Paying for the inefficiencies of the HOS, the Drivers are and this is why the Drivers ignorantly want more “Available Working Hours”.
Have we seen our wages go up Any Other Time we were given “More Flexibility”?
No we haven’t because the Laws of Supply and Demand dictate that an overabundance of anything has less value.
The HOS does not prevent Drivers from taking naps or stopping while traffic settles. Pick up and delivery schedules do.
The need to keep the wheels turning places us in the position to keep Drivers Schedules Tight!
In other words, “drivers can’t afford to run legally” and truck drivers can’t afford anything but a Tight Schedule.
While the HOS are problematic, the biggest problem drivers have are the deplorable wages.
If the economy was paying for the regulations that are in place and it was found that the regulations created too much of a burden on the economy, do you think they would keep piling more and more regulations upon drivers?
Is the 14hr rule unsafe or is it how we apply the 14hr rule trying to keep our Schedules tight that is unsafe?
We Need To Be Able to Afford To Operate In Full Compliance, however our wages at the rate they are now, combined with the 14 hour clock, AND the fact that we wait for hours at the docks, has created a sense of urgency. Why? To earn more money. Truckers are forced to work more hours (drive more) making up for hours they lost doing their “other unpaid work”. Truck drivers work more hours making up for unpaid time.
Flooding the market with “Available Working Hours” ( waiting for free, doing paper work, inspections, etc..) goes in the WRONG DIRECTION.
This is what is keeping truck wages low! Working for “free” 30-40 hours/week
Has every driver “earned” exemptions from the HOS or just the Experienced Drivers?
Do we want All Drivers exempt from the 14hr rule?
I believe that only Experienced Drivers should be exempt from the 14hr rule.
We have fought regulations unsuccessfully for years.
I think it’s time to start fighting for a wage fitting the 24/7 job so that we can afford to give “We The People” the services they expect while operating within the regulations that “We The People” have demanded be put in place!
Cheap Freight Relies on Cheap Labor!
Safety Comes At a Price!
WHERE IS THE COMPROMISE?
We Can’t Continue Paying the Price for What “We The People” Want and Demand From US!
Governed by the Clock and Paid by the Piece is an UNSAFE Contradiction!
Again I say “WHERE IS THE COMPROMISE?