Trump Administration Rule Changes Allow Trucker Work Day of 14 Hours

By | May 15, 2020

  • May 15, 2020 at 8:38 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    This makes complete sense because supply chains are strained with the illogical lock-downs that vary by state. The 2 hours extra road time allows truckers freedom to choose or not choose to work a longer day… or not. This ruling ALLOWS, but does not FORCE truckers their freedom to choose to work 14 hours.

    ” The current limit of 11 hours of driving time is unchanged, but the longer work day applies to the time needed for stops such as deliveries. ”

    THIS ^ is the critical point to heed. The on-road risk is NOT increased. The stops can be expanded, which technically give the trucker a few hours more off-road rest during a work day.

    The following two paragraphs are pivotal to understanding the rule change:

    ” While some Democrats in Congress and labor unions opposed the changes to short-haul driving, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee praised the rule. The Transportation Department said it did not believe the data supported the contention that crashes would increase.

    “ Expanding the workday from 12 to 14 hours may result in more deliveries than were possible within a 100 air-mile radius, but total driving time will usually continue to fall short of the 11-hour limit,” the FMCSA said. ”

    SUMMARY: total driving time falls short of the 11 hour limit while off-road time increases in a 14 hour work day.

    • May 15, 2020 at 10:33 am
      Jon says:
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      The commentary on the lockdowns being “illogical” is just that. Your opinion on lockdowns is not relevant to the subject article.

      I actually agree with you, the extra hours don’t create extra driving time and allow more time for the drivers to handle deliveries. This didn’t need to try and be turned into a partisan issue, which is trolling once again and dishonest, Polar. Can you not try to turn every single article into a partisan issue? You’ve been PROVEN to be a dishonest person, and it’s tiring to refute you again and again. Just like when you tried to claim a yougov poll from January said 90% of americans were more afraid of terrorism than climate change to win an argument, and it turned out the poll is EASILY findable from January 2016 and said no such thing. And then you doubled down and tried to pretend you didn’t lie, except we all saw the poll.

      Summary: The driving isn’t the issue, your dishonest partisan whining is problematic.

      • May 15, 2020 at 12:13 pm
        Craig Winston Cornell says:
        Hot debate. What do you think?
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        Self Awareness Alert: “This didn’t need to try and be turned into a partisan issue, which is trolling once again and dishonest, JON. Can you not try to turn every single article into a partisan issue?”

        • May 15, 2020 at 12:24 pm
          Jon says:
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          Do you actually read the comments in the article before you spout your dishonest trolling, Craig?

          You can call me a troll, but the evidence is literally on the page. Polar started whining about Democrats and labor unions to turn this into a partisan issue. I said it was not relevant, because it’s not, and that I actually agree with changing the laws in this case.

          Troll elsewhere, Craigypoo. Your attempts to troll here are boring and transparent.

  • May 15, 2020 at 8:44 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    ‘extra road time’ should be ‘extra off-road time’ in 2nd sentence. Bear culpa

  • May 15, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    AE says:
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    Drivers are abused already on the long 10 hour work limits ,
    the attorneys over trucker accidents are the only beneficiaries of this change.

  • May 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm
    Joseph S. Harrington, CPCU says:
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    “This ruling ALLOWS, but does not FORCE truckers their freedom to choose to work 14 hours.” Technically, perhaps, but if some truckers opt to drive 14 hours, won’t all of them be under competitive pressure to drive longer days?

  • May 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm
    NB says:
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    It would’ve been great if the article could’ve mentioned how many of those fatalities involving big trucks were actually the fault of the truck drivers. What is the percentage of at-fault truck driver accidents? Truck drivers are skilled and highly trained drivers.



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