FMCSA had already approved an exemption from 30 min break to livestock haulers(who are well-known for their adherance to HOS rules)for the summer months.
Looks like linehaul guys still have to take the new 30-min break
Court upholds all of hours rule for long-haul drivers | Overdrive - Owner Operators Trucking Magazine
[QUOTE the court’s ruling to strike down the break requirement for short haulers “is an important victory.” Short haulers are defined as those who drive within a 150-mile radius of the base from which they are dispatched.][/QUOTE]
In other words, sounds like nothing changed, since most LTL's already require their hourly (P&D) guys, to take a lunch anyway
I do find that the 30 minute break keeps me awake when I have to run overnight, which is most every night. The hardest part is finding a place to park to take the break. The other night I hit 8 hours right as I pulled off the interstate. It popped up that I had 0 hours left to drive and I went to off duty just as soon as I stopped at the light at the bottom of the ramp. I hope I don't be my nuts busted for it, I don't want to have to do paper logs again this week. I had to do them a second week because I accidentally did a couple of pretrips on blu off duty. Tired of doing paper logs.
As a city driver they have always taken 30 min a day from our pay whether we took a break or not. You work 10 hrs straight and get paid 9.5. A lot of drivers used to do this, or took their half hour on there way in at night(7pm or so). 1 guy used to stop right outside the gate and sit for 30min. For some reason TM didn't want it taken in the terminal. As Kenneth said its nice to stop in the middle of the day. That's the PD side of it.
job in which I was paid for my lunch break. That is essentially what the 30-minute off duty rest break is. I'm a line haul driver and so when I take this break I am on line 1 of my log book. Should the company be responsible for paying me for time when I am off duty? Or would I rather them be allowed to force me to drive 11 hours straight with no break and not be allowed to even stop and take a leak?
Some people ALWAYS have a negative attitude. Slave wages, Really?? Never got close to this pay running my own trucks. Or being part owner of construction outfit. Break is off duty. Required now by law. Vacation/Holiday rate pay is based on your average on duty/driver time. Mine is $38.75 per hour. Do 518 miles 90%, 540 miles 5%, 564 miles 5%. 85+% 2 lane roads with many towns, 5 terminals sometimes 6, Minimum 32, up to 48, drop and hooks nightly. Plus, truck shop swaps. So, if yours pay is lower than that, maybe you are not efficient or ambitious. With current raise, will easily be over $40 per hour compensation for my time. Yes, raise in hook and drop pay been nice, rather look at big picture. 1st raise in insurance in 7+ years I have been here, while OD ate the 300% plus increase in costs.
Last edited by Ruffian 72; 08-06-2013 at 07:50 PM.
This is the first insurance raise in 17 years.