Any reason the trucking industry gives minimum time off

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by friesbruh, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. friesbruh

    friesbruh Light Load Member

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    Seems to be pretty standard. All the OTR companies I got in contact with basically said you run all week with the exception of the 34hr reset & 10hr break.

    Just wondering if its because the industry requires it, IE, in order to goods to make it in time they need people to drive 6 days a week, or if its because theyre so short on drivers they need each one to run as much as they can
     
  2. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Medium Load Member

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    Because companies wants to maximize all the money they can squeeze out their equipment and time it’s not running is money being lost. If they could they would make us run them 24/7/365 but HOS stops that and drivers will refuse to work for any company that refuses them hometime.
     
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  3. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    GREED on the part of the company and the driver.
     
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  4. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Heavy Load Member

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    The myth of short drivers have been debunked many times, as @Ffx95 said companies wants maximize their profits. If you going to run hard measure you get on with a LTL company such as OD, Estes, FedEx, R&L, AAA cooper, those companies pay very good.

    Choose wisely

    Good luck
     
  5. Buckeye 60

    Buckeye 60 Road Train Member

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    most companies will keep you out to make them an extra ten bucks or sit you for a day it isn't costing them anything
     
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  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    It isn't profits, get real.

    This is a SERVICE INDUSTRY who depends on the customer to put money in our pockets.

    Freight doesn't stop when someone wants to go on vacation.
     
  7. loudtom

    loudtom Heavy Load Member

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    It is the exploitation of labor. Other service industries get paid meal breaks, overtime, and a minimum wage. Look who is behind the current situation of FMCSA vs California on this matter. The ATA and corporate interests who value "productivity" at the cost of workers' rights.

    One reason I quit being a company driver is because I couldn't work 30 weeks straight and take 30 days off in a row, even though it's the same productivity as taking 2 days every 2 weeks.
     
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  8. Buckeye 60

    Buckeye 60 Road Train Member

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    of course this is américa so there is that option open for you to start your own trucking business and hire your own drivers to abuse . or get another type of job until things get better in this industry. as far as I know nobody has ever been drafted and been forced to drive a truck at gun point. as far as California goes they do not have any rights to regulate hos on interstate trucks it would be a complete disaster if every state would have there own hos rules to follow .....
     
  9. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    No it isn't, this isn't a general labor job, it is a skilled trade and should be recognized as such.

    Any exploitation is being done with the drivers' permission, no one made them apply for a job or forced them into a truck.

    Other service industries are not 24/7 and not industrial in nature.

    We are exempt from that because of the fact ours is dependent on flexibility for the customer.

    I see it is the ATA, and for good reason, the states can't dictate to the feds how to handle interstate commerce, the can apply it to their own domestic trucks but when it comes to foreign trucks (from other states), California labor laws do not apply.

    No one makes people slaves, it is a choice to work in this industry and more so should be restricted so we can force changes to things we need to have changed. Most people never made as much money in their entire lives until they came into this industry and they get this idea that they deserve more for sitting in an oversized luxury car holding a steering wheel and doing nothing else.
     
  10. Atlaw4u

    Atlaw4u Light Load Member

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    - Because drivers keep signing up for those hours and that schedule. The more the truck rolls the more $ they make. Trucks are expensive but drivers are not.
     
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