Pay is the Problem, Not HOS
The FMCSA is about to announce changes they are going to make to the HOS for truck drivers in the United States. No matter what they say, it will not decrease the amount of drivers that are cheating on their logs. Drivers still cheat in many ways like using "yard moves" or creeping around at 2mph so the log doesn't throw them into driving. Why do we do this? We are not paid properly. Drivers that are paid by the mile and the stop are not being compensated for all of their time and feel, rightly so, that they need to cheat their logs to make a fair living. This outdated mode of paying drivers dates back decades and is obsolete. Is there really a reason drivers are not paid hourly for all of their time? Yes. Greed. Trucking companies darn well know that drivers cheat their logs. They look the other way while we sit for hours and sometimes days without pay. This way they can maximize their earnings while drivers risk our lives to deliver tomato sauce and diapers to a willing consumer who is blind to what is happening. Until truck drivers are paid by the hour with overtime no amount of tinkering with the HOS rules will make a bit of difference to safety.
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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.