Posted on 11 Mar, 2016
Categories: Carrier News
The trucking industry recently got some attention in the New York Times. In an opinion piece titled "Long-Haul Sweatshops," authors Anne Balay and Mona Shattel argue that low driver wages and poor working conditions have created a crisis for the trucking industry.
A lot of drivers feel that their time isn't valued. Waiting around at docks makes for long work days, and less productive ones. The Times article mentions Hours of Service, which is just one aspect of the maze of safety regulations that affect drivers:
Such steps are meant to keep our roads safe, and they indirectly help drivers. But it also leaves them exposed to inhumane and demeaning work conditions, including abusive amounts of surveillance and micromanaging. Truckers are told what route to take, where to buy gas and for how much, when and where to sleep. They work 14-hour days routinely and continuously, often without weekends, sick pay or holiday pay. They drive 11 of those hours, and perform other work for the remaining three: loading, vehicle maintenance and a lot of waiting.
The authors suggest that Congress and government agencies should take a bigger role. Do you agree?
You can read the full story on the NYT website.