Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Dogman’ says trucking as we know it disappearing

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Where we are heading into 2010 CSA is a whole new ball game. As I sit at home now trying to find work after 10 years of being a trucker I feel I'm right back were I started from.

When I started I did not go to any school for my training because I knew how to handle a big rig and felt why spend the money on what I already know? I aced the test and got all the endorsements to make me able to get any job there was. Wrong. It didn’t take me long to find out no big trucking company would hire me because school counts as one year’s experience for insurance coverage on a driver.

I got lucky and knew an owner-operator that had lost his license for a year and needed a driver for his log truck and my driving record was clean. I got a break and had my first job as a trucker . After one year I started looking for a big company job with little success. After two years I got another break and found a company that would hire me and did drug testing and logbooks, verifiable experience.

A year and a half I finally got my third break as an OTR flatbedder. And after a year with that company I landed the job I was very happy with for nearly six years but it all came to a end in November of 2009 with the bad economy. I was laid off by my company trying to stay in business.

Now as I look for work I'm getting turned down by big companies and some say it's my driving record; others say it's a 14-year-old-drug charge. My MVR only has three points and a disputable, preventable accident I had last ; it wasn't my fault. It was minor and had no ticket.

I help drivers get ready for the new health regs coming out; many will be looking at being forced out of a job due to being overweight and now companies are looking at drivers’ size and condition, and with CSA 2010 a driving record really matters. So it seems that truckers are being forced out of trucks and I believe it's all to get the driver shortage they been trying to claim for years to open up the border for cheaper drivers.

If we don't all start getting together trucking as we know it will be gone and the roads will not safe. Maybe that's why all the activists are stepping up: it's a law suit to get that million dollars they all seek. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association is willing to help us but without us joining and giving them the members that would make them someone to say no you can't do that to drivers. Trucking may very well be gone as we know it and that is a very sad thing just because we did not stand up for ourselves.

James A. Houston
Aka Dogman

Master trainer would opt for 10 hours driving with 5-hour splits

My name is Mark Reiser and I am a master trainer for Covenant transportation. I have given Hours of Service a lot of thought during my 20 years of driving and 12 years of training. During this period I've seen many changes, some good and some not so good applications. Conservatively speaking I would have to say I'm well pleased to see we are finally getting "our day in court" so to speak.

In the past rulings have been based on suggestions from trucking companies and not truck drivers. This has created a gap in the industry.

Maybe we’ll close that gap.

The best hours combination of hours I've  experienced was the 10 hours driving to include line 4 in that combination which could be broken in two segments of five hours with and having a break if split of five hours each.

 Some team drivers who don't have the stamina to run 10 straight hours this works well for because it allows them to run shifts of five on and five off. No one falls asleep at the wheel if they adhere to the guide line.

This also works well for solo drivers.

When 70 hours have been reached a 34-hour reset can be attained.

The reset could be attained also if during breaks a 34-hour gap in service was achieved during any period of this time.

These are my thoughts on the matter.

— Mark Reiser,
Covenant Transportation

Shippers still interfering with HOS, says team

Here we g I wanted to send a few comments about the HOS.

The idea of a rest period, though a voluntary one, is a wonderful idea. Like the concept of a power nap is something that a lot of drivers do already. I have had days where a short nap has done me a world of good even though I have had a good night’s rest. The idea of a mandatory rest period, that is a little bit scary. The main reason for that is that if you force drivers to take this and they don't feel that it is necessary they will falsify their logs and while there are a lot of drivers out there that can say that they have always logged legal, there are some that have never had to falsify a log but there a lot out there that can't say that.

The 34-hour restart is one of the best things that has come out of the all the re-works of the regulations. I think that the reset is restorative in that it is working with the schedule that the driver is already on. The idea that the regulations would be split into two different regulations is slightly confusing to me as my husband and I team and putting forth this kind of regulation would truly mess with the way that we run our logbooks.

The HOS currently allows for 11 hours of drive time with no more then 14 on duty. As a general rule we don't go over 10 hours on duty but it's nice to have that extra hour to find someplace to switch drivers. If the laws were to change then it would be interesting to say the least.

The 14-hour rule: that is an interesting subject. As far as I can tell shippers and receivers haven't changed their practices. They are still holding drivers up for hours and hours either unloading or loading. They have no concern as to how long they hold up a driver or for the fact that a driver’s logbook clock is ticking. There have been times that I have been waiting for a shipper and they have held me up for up to 12 hours; It's mind boggling. Then they would want you to leave immediately and get to the delivery there when you have been sitting all day waiting to for them to finish the load.

— Sincerely,
Elizabeth and Richard Reilman

Driver offers 2 rules for HOS

All the current hubbub about HOS regs is entirely unnecessary, and a sad commentary on the state of our governmental regulatory agencies.

After 24 years driving over the road, I can tell you exactly what is needed in terms of HOS regs.

Two rules: a driver may drive and/or be on duty up to 14  hours out of every 24.

Each 14-hour duty period shall be separated by no less than 8 hours of continuous sleeper berth.

Anything else is included merely to generate revenue and control for the government.

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