The most incomprehensive, ignorant, inconceivable, irreprehensible, piece of legislation for hours of service goes live TODAY (July 1st if you’re late on the newsletter updates)!
You need to know that this was the answer from the courts following ATA & OOIDA’s lawsuit: screw you and start the new rules earlier!
You must now have two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods during your 34 hour restart. Drive overnight? Too bad toots, your 34 will no longer be a 34.
You must now take a break within 8 hours. DO NOT go over 8 hours without a 30 minute break! You are then tired, in violation of hours of service, and out of service.
Do not even think about taking more than one restart a week! After all, the only way to ensure fatigued driving does not occur is to ensure that you can’t do more than one restart.
Your recaps are still good, however, so if you know what you’re doing, you won’t have to worry with restarts.
Here’s the thing! Do not gripe, whine, complain, threaten to illegally strike, blah blah blah. The clincher of this whole thing is actually you, the reader; the trucker. You allowed this to happen. You agreed to allow more overregulation and ignorant compliance to take over your industry! Now that it has occurred, do not act pissy about it. You made your bed, cover up sweetheart.
How did you make this happen? It is simple. While every advocate, include a trucking dog, was screaming at you to comment, TripPak made it where you could scan in your comments through them, a university was doing an online social media site to gather your comments and speak in the best interest of you, etc, there was an issue. NO ONE SAID A THING! This was the lowest number of comments from within the trucking industry on record. Now, however, everyone is so upset and up in arms about it. They’re talking from their ass when they could have done some good before it was too late.
Like most other things, truckers were their own worst enemy on the current hours of service. Enjoy what you decided you’d take by rolling over and playing dead.
A dedicated father tried everything to search for his children privately. Finally, on Matteo James' 12th birthday, a father went to social media to spread the word of his plight. Stephen James posted the following:
I want to say Happy Birthday to my son Matteo. He turns 12 today. I havent seen him and his little brother Zane in 80 days since they were kidnapped to Mexico by their biological mother and maternal grandmother. I miss them tremendously and
I know my sons miss me as well as being scared and confused. Please share this with as many people as possible in the hope that eventually Matteo or someone close to him will see this. Thank you.
The mother of the children was on a supervised visit when she took the children. It is alleged they ran to Mexico with the children. This case, however, takes legal twists and turns from there. The court granting sole custody to the father, Stephen James, is Bell County. CPS and law enforcement involvement from before the children became missing involves Williamson, Tarrant, and Bell Counties. The father lives in Williamson County, the mother lived in Tarrant County. All these municipalities, including the cities within have a hand in. Then, there are the higher ups, due to the nature of Mexico involvement. The issue within all of these municipalities is no one wants to issue the warrant. Every side is waiting for the side to do so. So, as Stephen waits, his children could be anywhere.
The pictures above are the last ones taken by their dad. The children have been missing for almost three months. Imagine if this were your child. Would you want people to scream it from the rooftops for you? If so, help Stephen by doing it for him! Help bring his boys back home. Zane will be celebrating a birthday in November. He needs to be celebrating it with his legal guardian, his Dad!
The only picture found of the mother, Alma Alicia Gomez James (aliases include Alicia Gomez, Alicia James), is not as recent. She's dropped weight, but facial recognition shouldn't be that difficult.
Un padre dedicado intentado todo para buscar a sus hijos en privado. Por último, en el cumpleaños 12 de Matteo James, un padre se fue a los medios de comunicación social para difundir la palabra de su difícil situación. Stephen James publicó lo siguiente:
Quiero decir feliz cumpleaños a mi hijo Matteo. Él cumple 12 años hoy. No he visto a él ya su hermano menor de Zane en 80 días desde que fueron secuestrados en México por su madre biológica y su abuela materna. Los extraño muchísimo y
Sé que mis hijos me echas de menos, además de ser asustado y confundido. Por favor, comparta esto con personas como posibles en la esperanza de que con el tiempo Matteo o alguien cercano a él, verán esto. Gracias.
La madre de los niños estaba en una visita supervisada cuando se llevó a los niños. Se alega que corrió a México con los niños. Este caso, sin embargo, toma giros legales y pasa de ahí. El tribunal otorga la custodia exclusiva al padre, Stephen James, es Bell County. CPS y la participación policial delante de los hijos se convirtió en falta implica Williamson, Tarrant, y los condados de Bell. El padre vive en el Condado de Travis, la madre vive en el Condado de Tarrant. Todos estos municipios, incluyendo las ciudades de tener una mano pulg Luego, están los altos mandos, debido a la naturaleza de la participación de México. La cuestión en todos estos municipios hay nadie quiere emitir la orden. Cada lado está esperando a que el lado para hacerlo. Así que, como Stephen espera, sus hijos podrían estar en cualquier parte.
Las fotos de arriba son las últimas tomadas por su padre. Los niños han desaparecido desde hace casi tres meses. Imagínese si se tratara de su hijo. ¿Te gustaría que la gente lo grita a los cuatro vientos para usted? Si es así, ayudar a Stephen al hacerlo por él! Ayude a llevar a sus hijos de vuelta a casa. Zane estará celebrando su cumpleaños en noviembre. Tiene que ser lo celebra con su tutor legal, su papá!
La imagen sólo se encuentran de la madre, Alma Alicia Gomez James (alias incluyen Alicia Gómez, Alicia James), no es tan reciente. Ella bajó de peso, pero el reconocimiento facial no debe ser tan difícil.
This industry has to listen to, and adhere to, an at best shady governmental group. Scratch that, groups. The first group is the FMCSA. They are awesome at cooking documents, tests, polls, and results to put them in their favor. They also have been recorded taking bribes. This isn't the only stuff they've done in my opinion. (For more information on what they've done, please read the article on this link, and other articles on themThey would rather spend money replacing the world's street signs than take care of the tru. e issues in trucking. The federal DOT is hand in hand with the FMCSA. They are totally disorganized. The federal DOT and state DOT's have got things so mixed up as far as laws that you don't know whether to come or go. Oversized? Don't run your strobes if you have an escort in California. It's an automatic OOS, according to the Banning scale. Yet, every other state requires it. (Don't run your 4-ways in California either.) Utah won't allow jaking in the SLC area due to a golf course. Real safe! These are a few of the things that make me scratch my head daily. We need one set of federal laws carried out throughout all the states, and all the old, past-dated rules to be taken out of the books. We also need all weigh stations to be formatted the same. A lot of drivers get confused for the lights are different, the signs are different, etc. We also need total government transparency! Something for us to understand better and make it where there is no confusion. Do to President Reagan being a smart man, the government has to really act up before we can do a strike. A strike would then turn the general public against our plight due to the damage it would do to them. So, we will write! We will email! We will call! This is our first forceful baby step for forceful baby steps get heard, and forceful baby steps start a stampede!
Here is an example of the letter to send. (If you do your own please keep in mind to sound intelligent, professional, and nice! DO NOT go in their sounding like a super trucker! They won't listen to you cuss, demand, sound narcissistic, etc)
Dear Congressman/Congresswoman/Senator _____________________________,
Hello, my name is _________________________. I will first apologize for taking up your time, but there is a huge issue bothering me. I am concerned for my future, my friends' futures, my family's future. I am hoping you will read my letter and help our industry with the action needed.
I have read the recent issues with the FMCSA and DOT. I am highly concerned. I am part of the trucking industry and everything they decide affects not only me, but my friends, and everyone who lives in the country, for we haul most of the goods everyone needs.
We are asking for a congressional and senatorial review of the entire FMCSA and federal DOT. If the FMCSA is constantly under scrutiny, I do not believe they should be making laws and determining how we should live. This is a group of law makers who do not understand trucking, and haven't been out here year after year. They also refuse to listen to those with experience. How can you honestly make laws concerning something you know nothing about? It would be the same as me telling an astronaut how to fly a rocket; it just wouldn't work. Next, the federal DOT has their own rules, and then every state DOT has their own rules. We need a set of rules for the entirety instead of the guessing game for every state. It would be helpful to have all the scale houses/weight stations to be made the same. Find a time efficient way, and make it nationwide. Also, there are a lot of rules that have been around since the start of trucking (like white sheets in trucks due to exhaust leaks in the old trucks) that are wasting time in the books. We would also like transparency from the FMCSA and DOT. We want to know what our government is thinking when it comes down to our livelihoods.
Please help us get a congressional and senatorial review of the FMCSA and DOT. It is needed for all of us to be able to work more efficiently together. Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding.
This is just an example letter to help people see how to write this more effectively. Please, even if you aren't a driver, a co-pilot, a trucking wife, etc get involved. Canadians, you're driving here and can send letters also. I will comment momentarily all the names and addresses.