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BILL DOLLOFF
BILL DOLLOFF

THE FHSWA NEEDS TO RE-DO THE HOURS OF SERVICE 34 HOUR RESTART AND PUT IT BACK LIKE IT ORGINALLY WAS. THE PROBLEM I SEE IS BUREAUCRATS THAT HAVE NEVER AND WON'T GET IN A TRUCK MAKING RULES THAT SOUND GOOD LOOK GOOD ON PAPER BUT ARE IMPRACTABLE. AND EVERYTIME THERE IS A CHANGE THE STATES JUMP ON THE DRIVERS BE4 THEY GET A GRASP OF THE RULE JUST TO WRITE THEM AND THERE EMPLOYER UP. JUST GO BACK TO COMMON SENSE. DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT SLEEP AND REST HABITS EACH PERSON IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND ONE RULE IS NOT NECESSARY GOOD FOR OTHERS. WE DO NOT NEED 97,000 LBS TRUCKS (BRIDGES) AND THE PRESENT SHAPE OF THE INTERSTATES CANNOT HANDLE THIS. ALSO WE HAVE GOT TO STOP THEM.......THANK YOU

oklaroadrunner
oklaroadrunner

I think most will agree. FMCSA needs to fix the so called SAFER scoring. It isn't working. The system fails as a whole. 

When a DOT officer gives you a warning as far as, Safer is concerned there is no warnings. The people entering the data has no way of telling the difference. So, when an officer says"This is a WARNING" it really isn't we are slammed by the data entry people because they put it in and pow we have points against us. A warning should be just that. No points. Fix the problems not add to them.

jpdriver428
jpdriver428

You people are about as able to forecast fuel prices as the weather man is weather you don't have any idea what is going to happen in the oil market  so why do you bother The so called department of transportation why not focuses on the cars for a change texting talking dialing there bull shit their bright headlight and of those driver with their high beams on any I have been a driver for almost 30 years and I am about regulation out .Oklahoma use to be a truck friendly state as Texas they never stopped unless you were doing something wrong Know every time you turn around. Three scales on I35 south in Oklahoma 245 mile and I have to stop at all three that stupid and maybe a little greed to. For over 200 years we have been sending people to office in the states and the fed we started out with ten basic rules. The Ten Commandments and now man has gone nuts. I HAVE HAD IT

Concerned Driver
Concerned Driver

1.)Truck parking requirements at Large shippers/ recievers. Many trucks are getting parking tickets while waiting to get access to a delivery terminal or a truck may have to find parking 20-30 miles out, drive for a half hour, spend 2-6 hours getting unloaded without compensation(including having to pay a lumper)-now you notify your broker that you are empty and they assume you have a full clock to run on-then loose that load because you don't have enough drive time.

2.)Exempt DOT inspection times from 11 and 14 hour windows unless DOT will pay late charges on loads.

3.)All roads must be single speed. How may times do you approach a get on ramp where there is oncoming traffic, you check your left mirror, look over to merging traffic get ready to change lanes and wow there is a car along side of you. DANGEROUS!

john3347
john3347

Foxx should concentrate on nothing except how to keep his cushy new job.  He should do whatever it takes to satisfy his new boss.  Isn't that the government employee number one rule?  Sad situation, isn't it?

mario trebor
mario trebor

a) regarding hours of service, in order to adopt a regulation to promote safer highway, many things need to be done. The drivers are entitle to make a living like any otehr worker in the world. To accomplish this they need to make everybody accountable, shippers, receivers and trucking owners. A working day of 12 hours plus rest period and a 10 hours off duty is normal. But having to cheat in order to make a living because you have to wait and nt get paid, this not normal.

b) to be consistant with President Obama vision, our industry must self discipline. Reducing speed to 60 mph, will improve safety, reduce fuel consumption, improve environment, will provide an enjoyable life to anybody driving a truck.

c) increasing the weight per axles and promoting tridem trailers, combine with speed reduction, will provide a better effeciency, long term will reduce the increase of additional trucks on the road, will reduce driver shortage.

d) last but not the less, load brokers-3pl-4pl and others should be obliged to divulgate the amount of money they invoice the customers and their admin and profit margin. The abuses that some of them are taking are close to steeling.

e) LCV ( long combination vehicle ) should be permitted at no more then 55 mph, the example in Canada and the new experiences in Mexico and Europe is proving his point and the benefits associated with this combination.

 

In order to survive our industry must adapt and change. People have preferred using rail then to fight for comviction. In the name of profitability many people abandonned their principles and their passion.

 

May be all this is wishfull dream, take the time to travel, you will discover reality is different then what we are used to see. change will come and it is going to hit hard because we will not be prepared for it.

 

Mario Trebor

wolfe69
wolfe69

He definitely needs to get this regulatory stuff under control.  Bring FMCSA, DOT, Shippers, and Receivers into accountability. 

Angela
Angela

Cars will speed around big trucks no matter what the speed limit says.  As for the first two comments, this is a very big issue.  

wolfe69
wolfe69

 @mario trebor 

Actually, the studies have shown that a split speed limit, one for personal vehicles and one for CMV's, is counter productive to safety.  The split speed limit creates a need for more lane changes and changes in speed (as a faster moving vehicle approaches a slower moving vehicle) and as a result actually increasing the chances of an accident.

john3347
john3347

I was always happy the few times that a car passed me quickly.  More often than not a car will pull up with their front bumper about even with the back of your truck and slow to your speed and act like they are scared to pass.  Sometimes they will ride along there too close for you to have the left lane for emergency for two or three miles before they decide to mosy on past you.