Drivers should not need a logbook at all. A trucking company should be responsible to get rid of drivers that drive fatigued. I have been driving for a few different companies the last 20 years and some push you. 100% of the people want to go rest when there tired, not be forced to drive. The fmcsa has the technology to keep the companies under the law and leave the drivers alone. And that goes for keeping equipment safe also.
When tied up at a shipper for 4 hours and that clock is running, it forces the driver to keep the pedal to the floor even if he/she is needing a bathroom break or something to eat. I’ve spent many times eating Cheez-itz or Flying J pizza while I’m driving because if you stop, you will not be able to deliver on time. When you can’t deliver on time, the appointment often will be scheduled for the next day! Now you will be sitting for 24 hours not getting paid.
The local drivers have a 16 hour exception they can use once a week. OTR drivers need this rule as well in case they get stuck somewhere in traffic or at a customer. There should also be a rule where if your clock is going to run out 45 minutes or less over your HOS, you should be allowed to make it home. I’ve spent at least 10 days in the last year in the truck 45 minutes away from home because I wasn’t going to make it. Two of those, I was 20 minutes from the yard. It wasn’t worth it to have my girlfriend pick me up because that was an hour away. There needs to me some common sense and flexibility with ELOGS.
Abolish the 30 minute break as well. It’s costed me from making it home or to an appointment I don’t know how many times. I’m not a driver that wastes time playing video games at the truck stop or sitting and taking long meal breaks in the middle of the day either.
there are “local” drivers in the company that I work for and they get compensated by the hour by what their elogs show that they are doing. Do you think that their logs show every fuel stop for the actual time they spend and every minute that they are at a dock waiting to be unloaded?
Would you bet that the company driver, lease operator and owner operator doesn’t put every minute that they are fueling and sitting at a dock, switching trailers, etc on their logs? Just sayin. . . .
Drivers are conservative with their hours because they need those hours behind the wheel.
Piece work, miles ran per hour, thats what pays the bills and thats what promotes unsafe behavior.
E-logs and speed limiters only make this situation worse.
The government mandated e-log is not what is commonly used today.
Read this article to better understand whats coming real fast if we don’t act.
Logging device mandate could come in 2016, outlines hardware spec’s, harassment provisions
My point was that the hourly paid employees get paid by the on-duty and drive hours that they work. OTR drivers get paid by the mile. I agree that speed limiters and elogs make it hard to make a good living. So does crappy days where you can’t get out of a shipping or receiving dock, traffic, wrecks, bad weather.
The government has their mind set on the elogs and they will mandate it no matter what anyone says. They can have public comments until we are blue in the face and even if NO-ONE has a nice thing to say, they will pass the law anyway. When enough seasoned drivers quit and there are only rookies out there to run the freight, they will regret the move, but they will never change it. When was the last time you EVER saw the government change their mind about ANYTHING?
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