Dear editor,Our federal government is in the process of drastically changing the legislation on Hours of Service for truck drivers, and we need to maintain public forums for all with a vested interest...
Our federal government is in the process of drastically changing the legislation on Hours of Service for truck drivers, and we need to maintain public forums for all with a vested interest, which is everyone who uses, lives near and travels our public roadways.
The road transport industry in itself, is a stressful environment, with changes in schedules, weather, road conditions and traffic congestion, plus pedestrians and other users of our streets, and drivers have to be alert.
Canada currently has the longest driving shift in the developed world and now the government is planning to extend it even longer.
The new Hours-of-Service standard for commercial vehicle drivers will worsen the working conditions for truck drivers and put all road users in increased danger. The 70 hours in seven days proposal should not be allowed to be pushed through. This replaces the two cycles of 60 hours in seven days and the 70 hours in eight days. Most of the industry will be working under these rules which mean your weekend is 36 hours, which is not long enough.
In other cases, there are studies being done to reduce driver fatigue and increase time off so the driver can be completely restored for the journey ahead.
If you are one of the many men and women who live this lifestyle and know how these changes will further decrease quality home time and the ability to be a mother, father, wife or husband please voice your opinion.
If this is scary to you as member of society to think that the government is willing to roll the dice that this action will not result in a greater number of tragedies they must know your feelings. Please call your local MP and MPP and entice local government to call on Minister of Transport, David Collenette, to hold public meetings. Industry analysts say there are not enough qualified drivers for this expanding service sector of the economy and can not entice and retain young people into the seats of these trucks so their answer is to increasingly exploit the people who are already in the seats.
Forwarded by Len Poirier
President CAW local 4268
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