Today the FMCSA announced the proposed changes that it wants to make to the hours of service. The one I want to talk about here is the ability to take an off duty break of between 30 minutes and 3 hours once a day. This break will stop your 14 hours clock. If you use this you must take a full 10 hour break after your shift, no splitting. I am sure the ATA is fine with this as now they will have the ability to not pay drivers for 3 more hours each day. They were right when they said they were making the HOS rules more business friendly. I did a video about the HOS changes and you should watch it.
I am no fan of adding unpaid time to the drivers day. Will this benefit some people? Yes, it is likely to do so. I just can't imagine working for 17 hours each day. That is no way to make a living. This is also a way to squeeze out the more experienced drivers as they will be unlikely to enjoy this and some may retire making room for lower paid newer drivers with less experience. I will have more in the coming days on other changes but this one I am not for.
See you on the road!
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.