They’re not perfect, but new HoS rules are a start
May 1, 2003
Dear editor,I am writing in regards to the proposed HoS regs. In reading the opinions expressed by two writers in the February issue of Truck News, I am under the opinion that they are missing the poi...
I am writing in regards to the proposed HoS regs. In reading the opinions expressed by two writers in the February issue of Truck News, I am under the opinion that they are missing the point.
Mr. Ed Epema commented that he worked enough hours, but does he log all of his hours now? All that waiting for loading and unloading. The time spent in traffic jams. Did all of this get logged properly?
Mr. Len Poirier is concerned about how the HoS regs will worsen the working conditions for truckers and put all road users in increased danger. If he knew anything about the practices of how truckers are expected to hide the hours that they are not paid for but are expected to give up, then he would know that these new HoS regs allow things to become closer to the truth.
In Canada the government has at least, through working with various agencies and associations, and through scientific studies, come up with rules that are much closer to the real world.
If we are to be paid properly for our time and if we want to do our job in as safe a manner as possible these new rules, if followed will actually allow us to work safer.
These new HoS regs may not be perfect but at least they are something that I know I can work with.
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