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?