Truckers protest in New York, Chicago, and California ELD & Truck Parking!
Truckers Protest in New York city, Chicago, and California Two days ago. Friday April 12th 2019, many truck drivers took to the street in manhattan and to the freeways in Chicago to protest the increased regulations for the hours of service and the need for increased truck parking facilities across the united states. Honking of air horns and the examples of slow traffic that simulated the congestion of traffic and the slow down in the economy that would be felt if trucking continues to be ignored as it touches every life in the world.
With the hours of service laws summary being as follows: “Summary of Hours of Service Regulations. The following table summarizes the HOS regulations for property-carrying and passenger-carrying drivers. May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. … A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.” The ELD (Electronic Logging Device) electronically logs every single action and movement and lack of movement of the trucks. For the non driving public this may seem like nothing but good. What if you were at your job in an office like maybe an accountant, and at the end of an eight hour day during the tax season you were given an electric shock if you had to work a little bit just to get your customers taxes submitted before they would get a fine? Well i can assure you that i would not like it at all being shocked. I would also not be in business or at least not be able to grow my business or get a promotion if i lost clients due to the fact that they get fined for their taxes not being filed in time.
This is similar to how drivers feel as they or told they only have a short window of time to do such a huge job and then even if they have the time to get the work done they are spending/wasting hours just looking for a place to park safely to meet the hours of service laws. With the epidemic of the lack of truck parking facilities the laws just are that much more difficult to follow and survive.