Truck Drivers Deserve Better And More Flexible Hours-Of-Service Rules

A Transportation Nation Network Opinion Editorial

Little Rock, Arkansas – Truckers deserve better. Period. Truckers deserve better from trucking companies. Truckers deserve better from shippers and receivers. Truckers deserve better from the motoring public. Truckers certainly deserve better from federal regulators and misinformed politicians. And, truckers deserve better from trucking media organizations who we believe care about the plight of professional truck drivers, but too often remain silent or neutral on some of the biggest issues in the trucking industry. When many in the establishment trucking media could be using their platform and influence to drive forward a positive agenda to improve working conditions for truck drivers, they unfortunately, instead choose to stay on the sidelines.

Well, we at Transportation Nation Network are a bit different. Transportation Nation Network was created to make a difference in the lives of truck drivers and those serving in many capacities in the trucking industry. Therefore, when issues arise that we believe demand a line be drawn in the sand, we will not be afraid to draw it regardless of the risks of losing advertiser support or upsetting powerful special interest groups. Our commitment to you and our mission of informing, encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining the trucking community requires no less from us.

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This is why we are enthusiastically endorsing TruckerNation’s Petition For Rulemaking for hours-of-service (HOS) reform. Trucker’s deserve more flexibility in the hours-of-service regulations. Having reported on these issues for many years for another trucking media company, our editorial and management team has seen first hand the dangerous and unfair positions truckers have been placed in due to the current unsafe HOS regulations. A rigid, one-size-fits-all regulatory approach when it comes to the complicated and ever-changing transportation and logistics business is both ignorant and unwise in our view. We believe TruckerNation’s proposal is a common sense improvement.

“This comes down to respect. True respect is revealed when we put our faith and confidence in the professional men and women who are behind-the-wheel delivering our way of life.”

At the heart of TruckerNation’s petition is the idea that the truck driver is the captain of his/her ship and knows better than anyone when he/she is capable of navigating their route safely. Many reasons can create an unsafe operating environment for professional drivers. Whether the driver isn’t feeling well, or is experiencing a mechanical issue with the truck, or facing unsafe weather conditions; no driver should be placed in the treacherous position of having to race the clock or risk losing his/her job. No driver should be faced with the decision to risk his/her safety in an attempt to beat the clock in order to get home to see his/her family for the weekend.

 

This comes down to respect. Every year we dedicate a week in September to expressing appreciation to drivers for their remarkable contributions to our economy and society. However, respect is not just shown with cook-outs and free merchandise from the company store. The test of genuine and meaningful respect is much larger and more consequential than that. True respect is revealed when we put our faith and confidence in the professional men and women who are behind-the-wheel delivering our way of life. At Transportation Nation Network we believe TruckerNation’s petition does just that.

“A rigid, one-size-fits-all regulatory approach when it comes to the complicated and ever-changing transportation and logistics business is both ignorant and unwise in our view.”

Whether the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopts the elements of this proposal or not, we truly hope they will embrace common sense regulatory flexibility and relief in HOS reform. Other good ideas exist also and we must find a way to work together to achieve a BETTER industry for truckers. After all, it’s what truckers DESERVE.

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Editor’s Notes: As of this writing Transportation Nation Network is the ONLY trucking media organization to endorse this petition, or any like it, which would provide more HOS flexibility to truckers. Transportation Nation Network is a separate entity from TruckerNation even though the names are similar. TruckerNation has not compensated or agreed to compensate Transportation Nation Network in exchange for an endorsement of support for their Petition For Rulemaking on HOS reform. Transportation Nation Network’s endorsement of TruckerNation’s petition is not intended to be an endorsement of other policy positions TruckerNation has taken or will take in the future. Conversely, TruckerNation has not endorsed, or been asked to endorse, the entirety of this opinion editorial. Each of the views expressed are that of Transportation Nation Network’s alone and do not necessarily reflect that of its advertising partners or members.

FMCSA announced last week they are extending the formal comment period for the Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking on hours-of-service regulations until October 10, 2018. We encourage you to submit your comment in the Federal Register HERE. You can download and read TruckerNation’s full petition HERE.

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