New FMCSA rule cuts drivers’ weekly hours

| December 22, 2011

Michael Campbell, executive vice president and CEO of the California Trucking Association said, “At a time when our roads are safer than ever before, it makes no sense to impose rules that will force more trucks onto the roads at peak drive times thus raising the risk of crashes and increasing congestion and emissions from all vehicles. California roads currently boast the lowest number of deaths in truck-involved crashes in the nation at less than one per million miles traveled.”

Companies and drivers that commit egregious violations of the rule could face the maximum penalties for each offense. Trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by three or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense.

“This final rule is the culmination of the most extensive and transparent public outreach effort in our agency’s history,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “With robust input from all areas of the trucking community, coupled with the latest scientific research, we carefully crafted a rule acknowledging that when truckers are rested, alert and focused on safety, it makes our roadways safer.”

The hours rule was changed in 2003 and 2005, making this the third alteration in eight years.

The rule is being sent to the Federal Register today and is currently available here.

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  • elmer l rose

    this is not going to work its harressment by the fmcsa. How can you regulate one person (the truck driver) and not anyone else, the ploice can work double shifts, the fireman can work doubles, the house wife can work 24 hour shifts. the govt. can go to work at 7:30 in the morning and be there for 8 hours then go to the bar and have a few drinks with their buddies (lets say 4 hours at the bar) lets say its 30 min. drive from home to work then 15 to the bard then 45 wack home so when they get back home their wife wants to go out to eat so away they go for something to eat then a couples more drinks them have to drive home again. how manny get pulled over and get away with drunk driving because they work for the govt?if truckers are to be regulated then regulate veryone in the U.S. its discrimination. its time to stand up and do whats right

  • James Woods/Cyclone Logistics

    HHMMm, I just wonder what will happen when the number of accidents goes thru the roof due to tired drivers. There is gonna be an all time record number of fatigued drivers out there .None of this due to any doing of there own. mother nature gave us a body clock.It’s just that simple,you cant force a human to work night shift if they cant handle it.You cant force some people to work daylight hours.What will they do when mass numbers of people die..How will they regulate us then..The parking issue is an issue they purposely ignore.More and more shippers and recievers are forcing drivers to leave after loading and unloading.If i had the money to start a coalition to organize the truckers and get some response to get some unity going,along with enough members to all take a 34 hr restart at same time i do believe that would be sufficent .It could possibly take a little longer,but i think 34 hrs without any trucks moving.That would get there attention…

  • george guerrettaz

    I have been an o/o on my own for some time. the way I see it the harder I run the harder I have to run. So one way to protest this hours of service rule is to just slow everything down, we all know it is hard to stage a complete shut down so why not just s-l-o-w—d-o-w-n. We just might get some atention and then we might just get a complete shut down. Run 50 hrs a week not 70 do 3 1to5 periods before restart preferably @ home.

  • JOEL C BLAIR

    DOGMAN SAYS
    WHAT DID YOU ALL EXPECT WOULD HAPPEN WITH THIS LIBERAL-FIED GOVERMENT THATS SLIMED ITS WAY INTO DC. THEY HAVE A LOT O NERVE,SCREWING WITH THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY.OUR ECONOMY IS IN THE TANK,JOBS ARE BEING SHIPED OVERSEAS BY THE THOUSANDS.YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD HAVE OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT.IF THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNDERSTOOD WHAT DC WAS DOING THEIR WOULD BE MORE PUBLIC OUTCRY.WHEN OUR RATES GO UP PRICES IN THE STORES WILL RISE.

  • Marc Highway

    Ladies and gentlemen, I agree almost completely. May I offer a solution for complete compliance. A safety seminar for 7 days nation wide. ALL drivers and dispatchers to attend in closest cities. Speakers and instructors from FMCSA, EPA, DOT, DPS, etc. will address us and share the concepts of safety and efficiency, and openly recieve feedback from experienced drivers, and have these drivers work with new drivers, very productive. For the first two days p.o.v.’s will have that extra freedom on the road unencumbered with cmv’s,and then the inevitable, they run out of gas, grocers are out of food, no fuel to the airports or train terminals, or mines. Could it be that while the safest truckers in the world are learning the mandated safety laws, the country comes to a stop? Could it be that while the truckers are at the seminar, the power goes out?….

  • chambliss trucking

    Yep, those who can’t, teach. Sit behind a desk and tell drivers how to run. IF all could stop for just a week, the results would be amazing but so many are living from paycheck to paycheck they are afraid to. You know trucking is truly THE BIGGEST business in this country. There is nothing that does not depend on trucking. So why are we treated this way?

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  • Tom P

    They need to regulate the shippers and receivers. The way they steal our money for lumper services and the time they tie us up sitting around waiting on them to take their sweet time is causing us to break the law with our log books. As for the 30 minute time break, the government is treating us like kindergarden children and telling us its time to take a nap. Its just another example of people sitting behind a desk and not knowing how the real world operates. Maybe they should get in a truck for a month and get out there and see whats going on and then make a decision on telling us what to do.

  • Ozie

    I sure am glad I am not owner opp any more. I drive for a company as a dedicated driver out of A.B. Brewery and this B.S will not effect me as I am home every nite and work every other sat. But I feel for those whom it will effect. For goodness sake I do not know how many different DOT / State Troopers I asked and they could not even explain to me SPLIT SLEEPER BERTH. How in the world does any one expect them to explain any new laws these insane people keep coming up with that most if not all have never driven a semi??? and they have no clue as to what they are making laws and policies for???

    It almost seems as if thay are trying to do away with any driver of value and all that will be left will be illegal aliens that will drive for .10 cent a mile. Maybe that is what they want.

  • Lora H

    Ditto here we run 6 days on an evening run shuttling van trailers so the guy on the other end can deliver…..this will kick us in the pants for restarts.

  • Ray McClellan

    @ Chambliss Trucking: “…why are we treated this way?”

    Are you serious? Well, since you obviously don’t know, I invite you to put down your cell phone, turn off the satellite radio, and turn on your CB…especially in a traffic jam or near a group of major truck stops. Also, take notice of the inconsiderate jackasses that pass you and never give a signal all because you didn’t give them the lights to come back over? Or, how about that jackass that is loaded heavy following another heavy truck and waits until right before someone is getting ready to pass before cutting them off just so he can run the same speed he was running when he was behind the other heavy truck. To this day I still haven’t figured that one out.

    Have you been in a TV room lately at one of the truck stops? The smell is ungodly! But I guarantee if the subject of showers comes up in there you will hear some idiot say that he doesn’t have time to take a shower because he has to run twelve and a half log books, but yet he has time to sit there and run his mouth through an entire movie…or two…or three.

    Well, I am going to quit there because I’m quite sure you know exactly why we are treated this way. This is the way the children, the ignorant, the uneducated, and the crazy are treated. We are treated this way because our government knows that we, as an industry, will do nothing but piss, moan, and groan all while continuing to do what this country has come to expect of us—deliver their freight and stay the hell out of their way!

  • Phillip Yurchak

    Did you realize that you people do not even know what you are talking about.. During a 34 hr restart it must include two straight periods of 1 am to 5am off. That means if your restart starts at 9 pm on one day you will include two straight periods of 1 am to 5 am and come off of your break at 7 am on the second day. Thats the only way that will work. You also didn’t know tha facts about truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel. On the average, in the US, there are 15 truck drivers that fall asleep each night somewhere in the country and crash. I guess you are working the emergency people to a frazil having to stay up all night to clean up a mess.

  • Miles Puckett

    Bitchin and moaning is not the answer to this law we need to take this to the courts. If the government can’t legislate a pay raise but can legislate a decrees in our ability to make a living through our safe labor and industry this is unconstitutional and goes dead agents what the constitution was designed to do and that was to protect us from our own government. We are not subjects of a monarchy but citizens of a constitutional elected government.

  • John Adams

    Once again, regulations being put on people by people that have no idea what the first people do. Now, not until we all gather together and shut your truck down for, 34 hours, 2 days maybe 3 will the people that make the regulations realize that we are a very important link in this chain. However, I don’t ever see this happenning because when I look around at my fellow truckers, I see very few that have managed their money well enough to be able to do this. I do see trash, piss bottles, not showered, dirty clothed fellow truckers that are to lazy to take care of themselves and only want to bitch without looking in the mirror. Come on guys and gals, when are we going to wake up and take some pride in what we do. The shippers, receivers, Brokers and big brother think of us as stupid, ignorant people. Have we not brought and continue to bring this on everyday! When was the last time that you stopped to help someone? It’s a very sad Industry that has changed over time. I am a Proud Independent Trucker that has been home for 2 weeks ith my family. I don’t and will not haul CHEAP FREIGHT!!! I will deadhead home or sit until it pays me to move my truck. I recently posted my truck and refused a load from one of the largest brokers in the industry for a 800 mile run for $1700.00. The price went from $1700 to $2800 in a matter of 2 hrs. Wow, I wonder what the brokers and big companies really make. When I began in the mid 70′s the going rate was $0.37 per mile for a company driver. I had not read the comment from Ray McClennan prior to starting my post but YEA for you RAY, you also call it as you see it. WAKE UP FELLOW TRUCKERS, LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!!

  • Jim Howe

    Let me see if I got this right. We still have 11 hours of driving a day, within the same 14 hour window. We need to within the first 8 hours of our 14 hour window have to take a “lunch break”. Really now, how many drive more than 8 hours without stopping for a sandwich, potty break or for some other reason. Pretty simple stuff. We used to have to take a 1/2 hour break, minimum, when we had only 10 hours of driving to do.

    Also what most of you seem concerned about a reduction in your pay for two “early morning” breaks is nothing more than common sense. Your 34 hour restart has to include two 1 am to 5 am periods. How awful is this???? If you started your 34 hour restart at midnight Friday night, at 10 on Sunday morning you are legal with 70 hours available. This includes the two 1-5 periods required by the new ruling. I really don’t see where all the noise is coming from. It could have been a LOT worse, and believe me the “safety” groups don’t like this. They ALL were pushing for a 48 hour restart AND a reduction from 11 hours of driving down to 10, some actually wanted it reduced to 8. I know some of you are thinking I must be some newbie,wannabe trucker. You may be right. I have been commercially licensed since my 18th birthday, Feb 10, 1972.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR,AND MAY GOD RIDE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

  • Josef Losert

    They will be just screwing with us more and more until we go on strike. I can almost guarantee you that the whole US will colapse after 3-4 days of nothing being delivered. Why don’t you FMCSA assholes rather push on shippers and receivers so we wouldn’t have to sit on loading docks for hours. In case you didn’t realize that counts against our 14 hour rule.

  • Josef Losert

    Because we can’t get together and go on strike and let the system colapse.
    Very sad.

  • M S

    People may or may not know how gov works. The FMCSA will constantly have to “make a new rule”, new laws, in order to justify their existence. The FMCSA must be cut in half, or eliminated, or they will go on & on & on, driving us insane yr after yr. Next, the only people that should be allowed to work at the FMCSA is truck drivers, & trucking industry people. NO MORE BUREAUCRATS. Some how they have to be stopped. Maybe a trucking/truck driver review board.

  • Gordon A

    this just an example of how it is going to be after 2012. FMCSA will not listen to those that do the job and have first hand knowledge of how highway safety works.
    Yes the public should be informed, taught, But All the talking heads say the same thing this on the lips of every governor and every state lawmaker NO MONEY, We are broke. No money for full page ads or radio or TV infomercials to make our highways safer.. so that is out because it will show the world how stupid our La Hoods gang is.
    I still have one question that goes unanswered every time.
    How is this new HOS and the EOBR going to make our highways safer?

    We need to band together and say enough is enough. Contact your legislators and tell them the truth about highway safety and who is responsible for our safe highways and whose safety record in at stake.Tell them how these HOS and other legislation is going to negatively effect your earnings and your families way of life.
    ===========
    One way to combat this BS is to install cameras on the dash board of your truck to record these unsafe drivers and post to the web and send to the proper State highway patrol.These cameras may just save your job too. Poof of who is responsible for the incident.
    I think part of this Government intrusion in the transportation industry with the gusto they are using is to create a driver shortage and then say due to the shortage we need to bring in the foreign workers. Believe me this is not as far fetched as you might think.
    We had less to go on in the 80′s and we went on strike .

  • Tim

    The reason most people will not strike is because they are afraid of not being able to support there family ect. But I know it would only take 2 to 3 days before the goverment would want to come to the table to talk. We also need to think of the supplies that must be supplied Hospitals ect. You know the military could not drive all of the trucks. We dont need to block highway ect. We just need to not drive. There is a thing as being ill.

  • Tim

    Gordon A

    You are correct about the 80 strike. But I rember the state highway patrol writing tickets for empeeding traffic and then it seemed to be all over. We just need to stay home. And let the goverment make the next move. Which I belive would be talks.

  • Andrea SitlerPhD

    Sounds like the gov could get enough tickets out of the old rules for violation purposes so they had to add some complexities to help boost their pockets. It is all about money and the string pullers. Safety went to the wayside years ago.

  • Whitey Naas

    I have to agaree with A.Gordon. we should all put a video camera on our dash and just show the goverment why this isn’t going to work with a video camera you have it in Black and White ! Make 2012 the year we take back trucking for the truckers, It seems all we ever do is bend over and let some other outside influence bend us over and take us for a ride

  • Miles Puckett

    Bitchin and moaning is not the answer to this law we need to take this to the courts. If the government can’t legislate a pay raise but can legislate a decrees in our ability to make a living through our safe labor and industry this is unconstitutional and goes dead against what the constitution was designed to do and that was to protect us from our own government. We are not subjects of a monarchy but citizens of a constitutional elected government. M. P

  • M S

    Over Drive, OOIDA, and ATA need to create PETITIONS offered through internet, and have us sign it electronically, and then send it to our representatives, demanding that the incessant rules year after year, after year, be stopped. Maybe connect any and ALL new laws to ALL drivers of cars too, IE. no car can run its Air Conditioner for more than 5 mins., and so on, and so forth.

  • rick johnston

    talks look what your talks have done around the world,nothing/ its simple stop thinking about yourselfs and start thinking about how to better the industry/if you want change you have to change/ simple if every truck shut down on the sabeth sunday for 4 weeks there would not be a shortage of jobs for a minim um of 10 years and not 1 driver will go without his pay check /the only problem with this is that our highways cant handle the increase in traffic/lack of education to the public is the biggest problem/

  • rick johnston

    if all these states want to make mandatory idle laws,then legislation should be put on truck manufacturers to install secondary units at the factory ,instead of them trying to force individuals to take on another debt burden

  • Miles Puckett

    Remember, it’s the home of the free!

  • Ben Casebier

    Let the goverment regulate the whole thing. They know what is best. Then the industries can turn to the goverment and the fcamc to get there freIght moved.

  • Jim Howe

    I guess my post made someone mad because I don’t buy all the junk that is being said about this. Where is the freedom on this site????????????? Must be sponsored by the do nothing people at OOIDA

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 tdills

    Well, Jim, I see two comments from you on here with this one. I’m afraid you’re mistaken. OOIDA and Overdrive are not connected.

  • Jeff Clark

    I kind of agree with you Jim, except that when you stand up ya gotta expect a few arrows. On the day that our HOS came out I was listening to pilots talk about their new HOS. They welcomed them. I wonder what would happen if we worked with the FMCSA instead of against them. Could we get our time valued at shippers, and consignees? One question-Should the FMCSA consider our long term health?

  • Donald Hazellief

    I agree, but we are only about 1% of the industry. Too many OO tend to say yes its too cheap, but it takes me home. Yes you can smell too many drivers before you can see them. No they don’t care thry throw their trash.

  • ROYAL J VEAL

    I have been driving since 1978 I am 51 yrs old owned 2 trucks lease 1 trk and I MUST TELL YOU THE RULES HAVE CHANGE SO MUCH IN THIS WORLD UNTIL IT HAVE PUT GUYS LIKE MYSELF OUT OF WORK FOREVER LET ME TELL YOU GUYS AND LADIES SOMETHING THESE LAWS AND RULES THAT WE LET THE GOV. APPLY ON US ARE B/S AND YOU CAN SIT THEIR AND KEEP LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF WITH A JOB OR BUSINESS AND JUST WORKING FOR NOTHING THESE RULES ARE NOT THEIR TO HELP ANYONE THEY ARE THEIR TO HURT YOU AND WHEN YOU DON’T UP TOGETHER TO FIGHT THEM YOU WILL NOT WIN YOU HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER AND NOT WORRIE ABOUT YOUR BILL FAMILY BANKS GETTING LOCK UP YOU HAVE TO BELEIVE IN SOMETHING AND THAT SOMETHING IS YOURSELF AND YOU CAN WIN BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE UPPER HAND I AM GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY THAT HAPPEN IN MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STANDUP TYPE OF GUY AND THESE TRUCKING COMPANIES AND BIG BUSINESS THEY WANT YOU TO BE POWERLESS WHERE THEY CAN CONTROLL YOU FOR WEAK PAY OR WHAT EVER THE CASE MAY BE SO THEY COME UP WITH ALL THESE RULES AND LAWS SO THEY CAN TRACK THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THEY ARE HIRING BACK IN SEPT. 1981 I WAS SENTENCE TO PRISON FOR 8YRS FOR MANSLAUGHTER DID 13 MONTHS GOT OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR NEVER KILL ANYONE ON A JOB NEVER DID ANYTHING ON A JOB JUST A NORMAL GUY LIKE ANYONE ELSE IF I DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT THIS DOWN BECAUSE OF LAWS OR RULES WELL NO ONE WOULD EVEN KNOW THIS ABOUT ME MY POINT IS THAT DAC AND ALL OF THESE RULES THAT ARE BROUGHT INTO THIS IND. ARE TO HURT YOU I HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK SINCE APRIL 2011 I HAVE BEEN OUT OF TROUBLE FOR MORE THAN 30YRS BUT I CANNOT WORK BECAUSE OF LAWS AND RULES THAT ARE ENFORCED BY THE FEDS BUT I HAULED HAZMAT BEEN ON EVERY DOCK WHSE YOU NAME IT I HAVE DONE IT OWN TAXI CABS DROVE HORSE AND BUGGIE IN FRENCH QUARTER ALL MY LIFE WITH THIS SAME FELONIE UP UNTIL THE GUYS FROM OVERSEAS HIT BUILDING SO I AM THE BIGEST TREAT TO COMPANIES WHICH IS A LIE THEY ARE AFFRAID OF GUYS LIKE ME SO THEY USE A STREENING TO BAND GUYS LIKE ME OUT OF THE WORK FORCE FOREVER SIT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT IT GUYS LIKE ME DROVE A TRUCK HIS WHOLE LIFE 33YRS ONE WRECK A SMALL FENDER BENDER IN MY WHOLE CAREER NO TICKETS IN LAST 3 YRS AND JUST BECAUSE YOU QUIT A JOB BECAUSE THEY LIE TO YOU OR YOU ARE A STANDUP TYPE OF GUY NO ONE WILL TOUCH YOU WITH A 10 FOOT POLE SEE WHEN COMPANIES CAN KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHING YOU DO IN LIFE THEY HAVE THE UPPER HAND ON YOU THE PLAYING TABLE IS NOT EQUAL IF THIS GUY KNOW THAT YOU HAD 3 JOBS IN A YEAR HE WON’T HIRE YOU OR MAYBE HE WILL BECAUSE HE IS ONLY TRYING TO FILL A TRUCK HE ALL READY KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO STAY IF HE MISTREAT YOU OR NOT PAY YOU OR GET YOU HOME BUT ON THE OTHER HAND THE FEDS DID NOT MAKE HIM OR FORCE HIM TO POST ANYTHING ABOUT HIS COMPANY WHY DO YOU NEED DRIVERS WHAT IS YOUR BACK GROUND SEE WHAT I MEAN THESE GUYS ARE ALLOWED TO RUN THOUGH DRIVERS LIKE NOTHING AND THE DRIVER REAP ALL THE BAD THE RULES ONLY APPLY TO THE SMALL DRIVER DID ANYONE DRUG TEST THE FED THIS MORNING YOUR MAYER GOV. POLICE YOUR BOSS WHAT MAKE THESE GUYS ANY DIFFERENT FROM ANYONE ELSE AM I THE ONLY GUY IN THE WHOLE THAT HAD TO KILL SOMEONE NO AND I WILL NOT BE THE LAST THE RULES OR B/S SOME FACE THE FACTS SOME GUYS ARE MADE TO DRIVE A TRUCK AND SOME GUYS OR NOT IF THE RULES OF DRIVING IS NOT APPLIED TO EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE THAT DRIVE A MOTOR VECHILE WE IT MAKES THE PLAYING FIELD UNEQUAL YOU CANNOT WAKE UP IN THE MORNING KNOWING IF YOU DRUG SCREEN A GUY BACKGROUND CHECK A GUY OR WHAT EVER THE CASE MAYBE JUST BECAUSE IT HAVENT HAPPEN TO YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW WELL THAT DON’T MAKE THE WORLD A SAFE PLACE BECAUSE YOU WON’T FORGIVE OR FORGET IT ONLY MAKE MORE CRIMINAL BECAUSE THEY CAN’T WORK PICTURE A JUDGE SON WITH NO MONEY GO TO PRISON GET OUT OR ANYONE WHITE GO TO PRISON AND GET OUT FOR ANY REASON HE GOT A JOB BECAUSE HE OWN EVERYBODY AND THE WORLD AND THIS IS FACT NOT RACE SO THESE LAWS OR TO KEEP BLACKS IN SLAVERY AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOW THE TRUTH BECAUSE I BELEIVE IN GOD AND HE IS MY JUDGE NOT MAN THIS WORLD IS MESS UP THE FACTS WILL SHOW ANY MAN THAT HAVE A GOD HEART THAT NONE OF THESE RULES OR LAWS MAKE ANY SENSE THEY ONLY HURT PEOPLE MAN IF YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING ASK A DUMMY IF YOU WANT PEOPLE TO BE EQUAL TREATED FAIR WELL I HAVE A 9TH GRADE EDUCATION BEEN AROUND THE US AND BACK MORE THAN ONE TIME IF FAIR IS ANY WHERE IN THE GAME WELL IT IS SIMPLE IF YOU WANT EQUAL HOUSING JOBS GET PEOPLE OFF WELFARE YOU NAME IT WELL IT IS JUST PLAIN OLD COMMON SENSE UNTIL THE GOV. APPLY RULES THAT WHAT SHOULD BE APPLIED TO THE WORLD WILL NEVER CHANGE THAT GUY THAT DO THE HIRING AT A COMPANY COULD BE A RACIST THE MAN THAT LOAN MONEY COULD BE A RACIST SO IT SHOULD BE A RULE FOR THAT THAT WITH A COMPUTER LINK THAT WORLD CAN SEE HOW MANY BLKS DID THIS COMPANY HIRE OR ANY RACE THATS FAIR FAIR IS WHEN YOU DRIVE A TRUCK FOR ONE YEAR YOU GET PAID THE SAME IF YOU WRECK AND ITS YOUR FAULT YOU START OVER IN THAT COMPANY YOU GET THE OLD TRUCK WITH LOW PAY THE MAN THAT DO GOOD SHOULD BE REWARDED GOOD NO MAN IN THE USA THAT HAVE GOOD OR BAD CREDIT SHOULD NOT BE TURN DOWN AT A BANK THAT WHAT THEY WERE BUITL FOR PEOPLE WHO FALE BECAUSE THINGS HAPPEN IN PEOPLE LIVES A WORKING MAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO FALL AND BE TRUSTED TO GET BACK ON HIS FEET IT DON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENT IF HE USED DRUGS WENT TO PRISON OR FOR WHAT EVER REASON THATS WHAT THIS GREAT COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON OUR FORE FATHERS WOULD HAVE NEVER RAN THIS COUNTRY THIS WAY THIS IS A DUMB COUNTRY THE PEOPLE IN IT ARE DUMB SELFISH NO COMMON SENSE ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS PUT HERE TO MAKE OUR LIVES EASIER NOT TO PUT PEOPLE OUT OF WORK NOT TO NEVER TRUST ANYONE ANYMORE I LIKE TO TALK I KNOW YOU CAN TELL SO EMAIL ME BACK I AM NOT SOME CRAZY GUY THAT HAVE NO COMMON SENSE I AM JUST A HUSBAND A DAD LIKE EVERYONE ELSE THAT MAY HAVE MADE SOME BAD CHOCIES IN LIFE THAT WANT TO BE HEARD AND WILL STANDUP FOR MY RIGHTS AND OTHERS PEOPLE RIGHTS BECAUSE THE LAWS THEY MAKE ARE WRONG AND THEY HURT PEOPLE AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES BEEN HIGH SO LONG UNTIL THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE OF WORKING PEOPLE NEEDS SOMEDAY I PRAY THAT THEY CAN TAKE A MAN WITH NO EDUCATION JUST PLAIN OLD COMMON SENSE AND HARD WORK THAT COME FROM WHAT MOST OF US COME FROM AND RUN THIS COUNTRY THAT GREED RACE REGLION NONE OF THE ABOVE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHY A GUY WRECK A TRUCK ROB A BANK YOU NAME IT A GUY WITH PLAIN OLD COMMON SENSE LIKE OUR FORE PARENTS HAD THEY WERE BAD PEOPLE BUT YOU COULDN’T BEAT THEM THINKING OR TRUSTING AND GIVING SECONDS CHANCES IF THEY COULD LIVE AND RUN THIS COUNTRY AND BE MADE TO LIVE EQUAL TRUST ME THEY WOULD BE ASHAME TO THIS KID CAME OUT OF MY BLOOD LINE AND I DON’T CARE IF YOU ARE BLK WHITE ORANGE OR GREEN EVERYONE STOOD UP FOR WHAT WAS WRONG WE ARE WIMPS THAT LET PEOPLE WITH POWER AND MONEY CONTROLL US JUST BECAUSE WE CAN GET BY I LIVE BETTER IN RUAL MS. IN THE 60′S I HAD MORE FREEDOM ANG RIGHTS AS A BLACK MAN THEN THAN I DO NOW AND THAT IS THE TRUTH AND YOU KNOW IT TO WEALTH YOU MAY HAVE HAD IT AND ONE DAY YOU KNEW THAT PEOPLE WAS GOING TO TRY TO BECOME EQUAL BUT JUST BECAUSE OF PRIDE AND MONEY DON’T MAKE US WIMPS STAND UP FOR YOUR KIDS AND MY KIDS MAKE THES COMPANIES THE GOVM. MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES AND OUR KIDS OUR FIGHTS OR OVER OUR KIDS GET ALONE THEY LOVE EACH OTHER THEY MARRY GO TO THE SAME PLACES HANG OUT THEY NEED A BETTER PLACE TO RAISE THEIR KIDS THE STREETS ARE UNSAFE THEY ARE UNHAPPY DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO LIVE FOR THEY ARE TURNING ON US BECAUSE WE ALLOWED THE RICH TO GET RICHER WE COULD HAVE STOOD UP A LONG TIME AGO WE CAN’T GET ANYWERE ON NOTHING LOW WAGES AND THEY CAN’T SPEND MONEY IF EVERYONE QUIT MAKING THEM RICH QUIT AND GO HOME CHANGE ALL THE RULES OF THE GIVE THE BACK THEIR HOUSE CARS FARMS AND YOU WILL SEE WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE THEY CANNOT LIVE IN THE WORLD WITH MONEY ALONE THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU GET SICK DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY WE STICK TOGETHER WE KNOW HOW TO FISH HUNT CAMP THIS WILL CHANGE NO MAN OWN ANOTHER HUMAN ONLY IF YOU LET THEM THANKS

  • ROYAL J VEAL

    HI I AM VERY SORRY FOR THE MISSPELLING BUT I KNOW THAT TRUCKERS HAVE FIGURE THINGS OUT I DIDN’T CHECK MY WORDS NOR MY SPELLING SO I AM SORRY I AM NOT THAT SLOW I READ THAT AND I THOUGHT MY GRAND BABY WROTE IT I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND IT MY SELF SO I HAD TO PUT MY TRUCKING SKILLS TO WORK ON IT AND FIGURE IT OUT I THINK A LOT FASTER THAN I TYPE SO IF I DON’T TAKE AND LOOK AT WHAT I AM DOING I MAKE MISTAKES AND PLUS I DON’T DO THIS A LOT JUST THOUGHT I WOULD EXPLAIN WILL TRY TO DO BETTER ON THE NEXT ONE JUST BOARDED NOTHING TO DO IF ANYONE KNOW SOMEONE IN LOUISIANA WITH A SMALL COMPANY THAT WILL HIRE A GUY WITH A FELONY AND GET YOU HOME EVERY WEEK LET ME KNOW I DO NOT WANT TO BE ON THE ROAD ANYMORE I WANT TO BE HOME EVERY WEEK I LIKE BIG RIDES DRIVE CHARTERS BUSES FLATBEDS DUMPS TANKERS VANS REFERS LOGS GRAIN DON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENT JUST NEED A JOB AND NEED THE TRUCK TO COME HOME WITH ME DON’T REALLY HAVE CAR RIGHT NOW PLUS I AM WAITING ON A DOCTORS APPOINTMENT TO HAVE MY HEART CHECK I MY HAVE STRESS OUT SO BAD WORRYING UNTIL I HAD A HEART ATTACK I DON’T KNOW YET I JUST GOT TO WAIT AND SEE I MAYBE DISABLE NO ONE WOULD GIVE ME A JOB I LOST EVERYTHING THEN I BEGAN TO WORRY IT DIDN’T HELP MY POCKET BUT THE STRESS WOULDN’T LEAVE I AM HUMAN

  • Miles Puckett

    FMCSA should not be a deliberative body set apart from the trucking people of this country, thay should not be representatives to stand above the people making impartial judgments as wise umpires in order to promote some abstract good.

  • Miles Puckett

    We are not reprehensive to the legislative branch of government through known channels and this is not taxation with out representation this is legislation with out representation

  • Miles Puckett

    delite this ashole

  • Robbert

    Jim no offence intended. but on the days I am fealing good I like to run my 10.5 to 11 hrs strait that way I can shower and relax, no rushing in the morning and Guess I’ll just have to learn to stop and POO mid day, 5 hrs stop .5 then run 5 hrs with the diffrence between stops made by traffic and distance between rest areas.

  • earl ullom

    driveing 58 years 29 as owner thank you california for puting me out you suck

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001732778174 Cathy Guignet

    As soon as possible I will be quiting the industry that I love. I have 36 years safely driving a truck and I have been an Owner/operator for 25 of those 36 years. I have had enough. Not only do they cut our pay and hours, they dictate what can actually be taught to the newbies in driving school. they come out not knowing how to actually safely drive a truck.