Letter: Trucking regulations

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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 22, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    Truckers are permitted to drive for 14 hours before being required to stop driving for 10 hours. After a 60 hour cycle, they have to stop driving for 34 hours. The "restart" determines when that cycle can start over again.

    I drove a semi for about a year. It can be tiring. It ALWAYS requires the driver to be alert. What I did during my "rest" time determined whether I was alert when I started driving the next leg of the route. If I used that time to "rest", I was refreshed. If I wasted that time and failed to get enough "rest", I was less than prepared to drive the next leg of the route.

    The government cannot guarantee that a driver is rested no matter how much time it requires him to take off between driving. They could require a few week off between 60 hour cycles of driving/resting; that still would not guarantee that the driver was "rested".

    I disagree with the writer. Thirty-four hours off duty is sufficient time to "unwind" and to "rest" - if the driver uses that time wisely.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 21, 2014 5:35 a.m.

    Dock time to be unloaded are set for a 70 mile trucks, and you have a 50 mile an hour truck. Life is a dime but you only have a nickel. That's life.