This July a new rule is going to come into effect that is going to not only take big money out of the truckers’ pockets, but also force them to run when they don’t want to run, a very dangerous, dangerous situation. FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association) has finally managed to ramrod through a rule that will limit the hours in which a driver can drive his truck across our nation. Currently we are allowed to drive up to 70 hours before we have to do a 34 hour reset. Now they are limiting these resets to 1 a week only. Even more disturbingly they are limiting the time in which we can implement the reset, taking money out of our pockets.
I won’t go into all of the boring details, but long story short, we are going to have thousands of trucks hitting the road right at rush hour in all of the major cities across the nation. If you think traffic is bad now, just wait until July of this year, you’re going to want to sell your car. The new rules are forcing the trucks to all start out at the same times, stupidity at its finest.
The purpose of this article is to show what can happen when somebody in the administration has nothing else better to do, so they request a complete revamp of the current rules our truckers must abide by. Somebody in Washington had a spouse killed by a truck driver and now the whole country is going to suffer. They came up with the FMCSA in 2000 and have been working diligently since then to come up with things to make the truckers’ life miserable, eventually affecting everybody in one way or another. They are trying to limit the speeds in which trucks can travel, trying to tell us when we can sleep and drive, effectively taking away the truckers’ freedom to operate his business the way he feels safest.
Truckers are only allowed to drive 11 hours a day currently. Some of us use this time the way we want. Napping at rest stops when we are tired and basically driving the rest of the time. You see, everybody is different; we require naps and rest at different times, obviously. After we have reached our allotted driving time, we take a 10 break before we start all over again. Problem is you don’t always get a good 10 hour rest period, so we sleep at rest stops when we feel tired. We still manage to get the freight delivered, because if we didn’t, we wouldn’t have jobs. Now they are taking away our ability to sneak in our naps, big mistake.
The FMCSA is still in court pertaining to many more ridiculous regulations they are trying to push through that will affect drivers, speed limits, limits on truck engine emissions costing the driver thousands of dollars to convert over so they are within limits. The American national truck driver is seeing all kinds of freedoms being stripped away, just like they are trying to do with are guns, strip them away. They hate trucks as well as guns.
I just want to emphasize to everybody what the hell is going on out there with all of these crazy new rules and regulations coming down the pike. The truck drivers are currently paying up to six times more in tolls than everybody else. We pay huge fines if we break weight limit rules or hours of service rules. We pay huge fuel bills and permits fees to operate in all 48 lower states.
Company drivers are paid the same as they were back in 1974. We have never had a decent wage increase. Owner operators make more yes, but are being attacked from all sides daily from our so-called government trying to take more every day. They want trucks off the road, that simple. How do these idiots think this country is going to run without trucks?
Without the American truck driver, are so-called leaders wouldn’t be able to do their jobs because they would have nothing to do them with.
They want our guns and hate our truckers. These people are basically trying to change the face of America.