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Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’

| February 15, 2014
TCRG Consulting's Rich Wilson, longtime former owner-operator, was lone among commenters Day 3 of the recent MCSAC meeting -- hear his viewpoint on the need for driver input on regs and more in the podcast.

TCRG Consulting’s Rich Wilson, longtime former owner-operator, was lone among commenters Day 3 of the recent MCSAC meeting — hear his viewpoint on the need for driver input on regs and more in the podcast.

Among the more interesting of the highway-bill priorities recommended to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee this week was number 4 on the list I wrote about here. Fair Labor Standards Act reform, to bring interstate company drivers under overtime protections (and, as committee member Bruce Hamilton put it, to establish a “minimum safe rate” of pay in lieu of past court decisions that have made the minimum wage virtually inapplicable to interstate drivers), is something I’ve written about here, most recently over the years through news of the petition put forward by owner-operator Joe Ammons. 

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Reader: Repeal FLSA trucking exemption

The following comes by way of owner-operator Joe Ammons, who is looking for assistance with a petition for the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (or Congress) ...

Though any FLSA reform wouldn’t apply directly to owner-operators, owner-operator Ammons made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would ultimately filter positively throughout the entire industry. For more, check out the podcast, with audio of former owner-operator (and current compliance consultant) Rich Wilson’s public comment on Day 3 of the meetings, likewise a summary of OOIDA’s Todd Spencer’s thoughts on the matter. 

You’ll find more on what I once called “the safety argument for increased pay” via this post from 2012. 

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