Labor Law for Truck Drivers

In the past, I have noticed readers from all over the country, including Washington, DC, who read this blog on a regular basis. I have no way of knowing who these readers are, but I do hope that there are a few people who read this blog who work for the Federal DOT.

On that note, I pose this question: Why don’t professional truck drivers fall under the same labor laws that the regular worker might enjoy out in the “normal” world? I can’t count the number of times that I have worked a 70 hour work week and not made the income to equal at least the minimum wage of $7.50 an hour in the state of Washington. Not to mention the overtime hours, long hours away from home and the inability to choose my “shift”.

Is this issue a state problem or is it the responsibility of the Federal Government to enforce or impose such a labor law for truck drivers? Every day, I here of a new law or regulation pertaining to the trucking industry. Congress continues to pass laws that make it ever harder to make a living as a professional truck driver. It would make sense to compensate the OTR driver at least partial compensation for hours worked or driven over 40 hours in a week. Maybe a salaried position or commission, or maybe even a bonus for on-time delivery might be in order. If a driver made his or her delivery appointment on time, didn’t get any tickets and wasn’t placed out of service, should get a small bonus to ensure the driver gets a little extra compensation for their hard work.

When I see freight brokers who make just as much, if not more, than the trucking company who hauls the freight, maybe the government should step in and regulate the industry again. Not only are the owner operators having a tough time with lower freight rates and higher fuel prices, but the company drivers are suffering too. What is the answer?


  1. Over the past few days I have been trying to track down any applicable body of labor law regarding company truck drivers.
    So far the state board of labor has denied having any jurisdiction and federal department of labor has said that all it does is to enforce the minimum wage.
    Looks like when the trucking industry deregulated we were left without any form of protection.

  2. Here is one problem!

    Perkins Specialized Transportation Noblesville IN
    1-Scam lease purchase program. 2-Steal all your money and under pay for trip loads. 3-Keep your truck in red so you can owe them money each week and have no pay check. They have drivers who have received no pay checks for months, drivers who lost their homes, drivers are threatened with bad DAC reports if they don’t do what they ask regardless of safety and the law. These people are scam artist and organized crime comes to mind when you do some checking. Check them out on the web.

    Do not work there they will rip you off, turnover rate is 98% they bring in 8 to 16 new drivers a week and only operate 189 trucks a roll over scam no money no pay and the worst safety rating of any company with D.O.T. check it out a the U.S. D.O.T. web site. They lease the same trucks over and over and are making a killing of f the sweat of hard working people.

    These people need to be criminally investigated

  3. Perkins Specialized Transportation Noblesville IN
    Are advertising for lease purchase truck drivers they then bring them to IN and sign them up with their lease purchase trucks. Once these drivers start working for them they never receive a pay check, there have been many drivers who have seen no payment for any work for months, they give the drivers $250.00 advance a week that’s all. People are being mislead about their questionable lease program and are being scammed. They then threaten to put erroneous information on the drivers D.A.C. report if they quit their lease. I would like to know which agency that can look in to this matter as many people are suffering due to this alleged scam.

  4. 29 CFR 213 (b)(1) is the reason motor carriers do not have to pay overtime.
    Maximum hour requirements
    The provisions of section 207 of this title shall not apply with respect to—
    (1) any employee with respect to whom the Secretary of Transportation has power to establish qualifications and maximum hours of service pursuant to the provisions of section 31502 of title 49.

    Hours Worked
    29 CFR 285 describe what the FLA considers hours worked. Also gives an example for truck drivers. I do not know of any of the companies out there paying company drivers according to the rules set forth in 29 CFR 285.

  5. Heres for you here in California
    On time trucking 732 Striker av sac, ca

    (1) I rode from CAlifornia, to Oregon Bay city to deliver a load.. All together it was a 1,000 miles, up and back… When i got back, never got paid for the trip.. I was told your check is in the mail, waited for the mail man, no check, called them up, was told the check got lost, we will do a t check, so go to the truck stop right now it will be there.. Went to the truck stop, no check, its been 3weeks since i haven’t been paid, so how do that get my money?

  6. this is happening all over the country and with a lot of companies. My husband had been shorted or not paid at all with every (3) company he has worked for this year. He’s hired by the company but put into a truck that is owned by someone else. The company pays the truck owner who in turn pays my husband. He has to leave because they short him or don’t pay at all. He hasn’t been paid for layovers, detention or for one occasion he was told he’d be paid for deadheading home because dipatch wouldn’t assign a load and the truck sat for 4 days. The company he’s with now is 10 out – 4 in but he gets shorted his days in (called constantly,everyday, on his days in) and they keep him out 14-16 days. Right now they won’t assign him a load home because he gave his 2 wk notice. He was suppose to be home Friday. It’s now Monday, instead of sending him home (Charlotte NC) he’s going to Washington State (from Maryland) and he’s already been out 16 days. Is there anything he can do?

  7. My husband left a union gig to join me in Washington state when I got my dream job here, being assured there were plenty of driving jobs. There are, but they all are non-union and seem to abuse their drivers with impunity. He just wants to work a normal day. would even be ok with up to 12 hours, and be home with us in the evening with the ability to get a decent night’s sleep. So far he has worked for 3 different companies and was assured when he started that this would be the case. Once he was hired they expected him to work 14+ hrs, do overnight or even 3 night trips, and the most recent one is the worst. Its a local ag corp. which pays by the load but expects its drivers to make 2 trips a day to the port which takes at least 14 hours. He was told the drivers don’t start their logs until they get to port, over 2 hours into their shift. When he got back yesterday after being out for 14 hrs they told him he had to go pick up some equipment which took another 2 hours, something he is not paid to do. The understanding is do it or get fired. He feels abused and exploited, and frustrated that he cannot simply work an honest day for an honest wage. He doesn’t understand how they can get away with this, and I have not been able to find any laws that protect him. Another contributer gave a legal code reference, but I cannot find it.

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