Advocacy For Truck Drivers

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MiniMegs's Comment
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Hey drivers,

I'm thinking very seriously of becoming an advocate for truckers. Is this something my fellow drivers would be interested in? No cost (I'm not a lawyer), just an organization that fights poor regulation that benefits companies and leaves the drivers out in the dust. Any takers? Thanks y'all!

Old School's Comment
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What would those poor regulations be? What you've said is extremely vague. Give us some details so we can see what you're talking about. And how would you perform this task at "no cost?"

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Honestly, no one would care unless you started getting some serious results. Remember that this industry is regulated by the Federal Government. You would have to get Federal laws changed to make any real difference. That requires lobbying and all sorts of other high level work that I know nothing about.

Also keep in mind that this industry hasn't changed hardly a bit in 30+ years. The last real major change was in 1980 when they deregulated the industry. Other than that, a couple tweaks to the logbook and they're requiring electronic logs instead of paper logs. That's about it. It's almost exactly the same as when I entered in 1993.

Finally, on a personal note, you have nothing in the way of experience or leverage to move any needles. Complaining won't solve anything. Writing letters or making sense what change anything. You need serious pull, serious clout.

There have been millions of people who wanted to be advocates before you, and it's all been for nothing. But I'd be curious to hear what the top 3 changes are you'd like to see happen in the industry?

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

G-Town's Comment
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Ridiculous...

In your very first post you stated how stoked you were to start your Company-Sponsored Training Program...

You were emphatic about all the desk jobs you had and hated and how you believed there was a calling to the open road...so excited were you.

And your second post wants to start a truckers advocacy in support of better regulations (among other things). "Needle skips across scratching the record"...what?

Is this some kind of a joke? I suggest you focus your future attention on Truckers Report and lead their redundant charge of the mistreated and victimized drivers that had nothing to do with their personal demise.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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