Somehow, I thought driving a truck would be more free. Specifically, I wouldn’t have to punch a clock. But it turns out truck drivers have a bunch of clocks, all based on different federal rules.
11 hour – The first clock is a pretty sensible one, you cannot drive more than 11 hours in a shift. I guess this was to combat the use of methamphedamines in the industry. Thing is, What’s a shift? Well….
14 hour- The 14 hour clock states that you cannot drive more than 14 hours in one continuous period without a 10 hour break. Okay, that’s not the wording, but the idea is that if I drive to a shipper, and they make me sit around for 6 hours waiting to load up my truck, I can only drive
14hours – (6 hours wait + initial driving + post driving) for a combined 8 hours. Now, I said it’s not worded that way. It’s that you cannot WORK more than 14 hours and continue to drive. So, if I have a second job, that counts against that 14 hour clock, including the 10 hour rest time.
8 hour clock – the newest clock says that I must take a ½ hr break somewhere in the middle of my shift, The real wording includes a 3 hour period at the start and end of the shift where this isn’t valid, but the computer will let you, only you don‘t get your full time. *sigh* And yes, unpaid.
70 hour – Here’s the fun one, … you cannot work more than 70 hours in an 8 day period. This includes other jobs and on-duty/non-driving stuff. So, each night at midnight, the hours you worked 8 days ago get added back to your available total. So, yes, must keep track of 8 days at least. The only way to reset this is:
34 hour reset – that’s one day and a 10 hour reset and all your clocks reset to full. Can’t do anything for money during this time, and sometimes, you live in a parking lot because of it, But it means you can work as hard as you want for a week. That’ll get you accross the country.
Makes me kinda wish for a good ole 9-5.