Drivers call for hours changes

| March 31, 2010

Unpredictable hours and long delays in loading and unloading cause problems with hours because the waits become unprofitable on-duty time, said Donald Blair, who drives for his family-owned fleet. “Something needs to be done about that,” he said.

Donna Wing said the current hours rule allows less work time per week than the prior rule, which limits her income, so any revision needs to extend allowable work. “I have to stay out and make up for that time that is lost,” she said. “I love my family. I love my home. I just don’t get there that much.”

D.J. Brown called for better training of new drivers and more simplicity overall in regs that affect drivers. “Let the feds take care of the DOT,” he said. “They gave it to states. The states gave it to the counties. The counties gave it to the cities. There’s no way I can keep up with all those laws.”

  • Debbie

    My husband has elogs and with the new regs he had to shut down for 10 hours when he was 1 hour from home. He could have slept in the comfort of his own bed and had more time with his family if they would allow split off duty time. He doesn’t have time to eat during the day because he is delivering. He also gets tied up waiting at warehouses where the WORKERS ARE HAVING LUNCH. He should be able to put himself off duty and that should apply to his 10 hours in a 24 hour period. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.