In section 135 of a proposed transportation funding bill there is a provision that would bar the FMCSA from eliminating the 30 minute break. Yes, you heard me. This is a major appropriations bill and stuck way in there in this little gem. Even though the FMCSA has talked about changing or even eliminating the break, if this bill passes they would be legally barred from doing so. None of this kind of garbage should be allowed to be stuffed into these funding bills. Because of the way these type of bills are written, we do not know who did this. Whoever it is likely has gotten money from one of these "safety" groups out there. These groups have no interest in working with truck drivers about safety nor do they generally have any truck drivers on their boards. They just want to impose regulation after regulation on trucking in the name of safety. The 30 minute break rule has nothing at all to do with safety and no study really says that this rule helps to increase safety in any meaningful way. It has only decreased driver pay and forced drivers to be less safe in the rest of their day to try to make up for 30 minutes of lost pay per day. It is just ridiculous and as usual we will have to pay the price.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.