Speedlimiters and HOS

Discussion in 'Truckers News' started by Cybergal, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

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    Many companies are reducing the speed on company trucks.

    If you work for one that has done that, are you finding it harder to deliver your loads time wise, while in compliance with HOS?
     
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  3. Otter

    Otter Light Load Member

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    I don't find it hard to make my appointments with a 68 MPH truck. I drive during the day and sleep at night, dispatch knows that. They know I won't drive 11, sleep 10, drive 11, sleep 10. I don't work that way. With the exception of delivery and pick up appointments late at night, I get up around 06:00 and work a 10 or 11 hour day. I park in the evening and point the dish, make supper, watch television, and play with the cat. I go to bed when I'm tired and get up when I'm un-tired. I've told my company that I won't get up and start working at midnight or 01:00 just because that's when I gain hours. I have enough trouble staying awake during the day, I'm not going to work late night early mornings. I won't work for people who think they can tell me when to sleep, and when to drive.
     
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  4. Socy Grad

    Socy Grad Medium Load Member

    Wow, great question Cybergal. You should be a sociologist. :biggrin_25525:

    I'm interested in hearing if this is going to be a "new" problem for you guys.
     
  5. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    If a carrier has sensible , reasonable dispatch there shouldn't be a problem .
    But with many dispatchers keeping their schedules without violating HOS is difficult no matter what the speed is .
    My company won't use speed limiters but it must be difficult to keep schedules with governed trucks because they are the only ones passing me in 55 m.p.h. zones and construction zones.
     
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  6. BumpInTheRoad

    BumpInTheRoad <strong>Zippy</strong>

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    The company that I work for has all ready done this. I do not find it any harder to meet my times that Iam to be there, or with the hos
     
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  7. Captain Canuck

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    The company I work for has governed all company trucks at 62mph on the cruise, 65 on the pedal. I have no problem making my appointments or staying compliant. It just takes a little more advance planning.
     
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  8. The Hardcard

    The Hardcard Bobtail Member

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    I didn't join Schneider until after the drop to 60 mph. But they usually leave several hours to a day or so extra to get there. Occasionally, they leave HUGE amounts of time. I was assigned a load on 11/04 from Dallas that I can't drop in SLC until 11/11. They could have limited me to 20 mph and I'd have still made it on time!

    If they were dispatching like that before, the limiters have no impact at all.

    I am nevertheless averaging 2500 miles/week, safe and legal, slowly but surely.

    I am actually not inclined to drive fast anyway. Even without the limiter, I would rarely go much faster. The idea of losing control of 80,000 pounds scares me too much to want to blast down the road at more than 70.
     
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  9. Socy Grad

    Socy Grad Medium Load Member

    That's great! Have you had a positive experience with their dispatchers?
     
  10. Working Class Patriot

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    If any of you listen to the Loading Dock or the Lockridge Report than you know that the speed limiters may be mandatory for O/O's as well.
    FMCSA was to have originally enforce that for habitual HOS violators. Someone in the FMCSA had figured out how to place another nail in the O/O coffin.
    What's next?
    Cameras in the cab?
     
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  11. RickG

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    Are you sure you aren't talking about EOBR's ?
    NHTSA would be the ones to make a decision on speed limiters .
     
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