How has the hours-of-service rule change affected you?

| December 12, 2008

DAVID FOUST
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Walker Brothers

“I’m a local driver now.
I came off of the road because of the new rules.”

DON COLE
Fort Payne, Ala.
J&P Trucking

“I’ve not seen it affecting me. I run coast to coast, and I still take the same amount of days to run.”

NATHAN HEFNER
Stephenville, Texas
USA Truck

“The money is about the same. I’m just a little more tired.”

DONALD COLEMAN
Birmingham, Ala.
WTI

“It hasn’t altered anything for me. It depends on how you manage it. You have to accept the change and drive according to the law. The old rules were new once, too.”

TOM DAVIS
Hazleton, Pa.
Perchak Trucking

“In a way I’ve benefited because I can grab 70 more hours after 34 off. But sometimes I don’t have the time to take off that extra half day.”

JIM BUCHANAN
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Walker Brothers

“The rules are making it so that you have to be a team to haul over the road. These rules make it so that you can’t make money alone. That’s why I started driving locally.”

PAUL SMITHHART
Evansville, Ind.
Atlas Van Lines

“I’m a mover, so it’s better for me. When I get 34 hours off I can start a new week. I don’t really make more money but it makes it easier time-wise.”

DON PRATT
Knoxville, Tenn.
Colonial Freight Systems

“I run coast to coast. I’m getting more rest with the new hours of service. I do have to use better time management and cram into 11 hours what I did in 14, though.”

DENNY JUSTICE
Knoxville, Tenn.
Colonial Freight Systems

“I run a team with my wife, and we drive a dedicated route, so nothing has changed for us.”

JAMES SMITH
New Orleans
Bulldog Express
“I make more money. It’s easier to drop. You don’t have to sit and wait. Plus, I can be home every weekend.”

CHRIS NORRIS
Alpha, Mich.
Timber Products

“The new hours of service help me. I can go one hour longer for the same distance.”

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