Charles Claburn considers himself a reasonable man working in an unreasonable industry. He has driven over-the-road for 26 accident- and ticket-free years logging three million miles. He believes that some of the rules under which drivers operate are detrimental to the drivers, the industry and the public. His group Truckers Stand as One hopes to call attention to issues that they would like changed by calling for a nationwide non-driving day on April 12.
We recently spoke with Claburn. Following are his edited comments.
What changes are you seeking? The first is HOS (hours of service) reform that makes sense. There's nothing wrong with 14-hour days, but let us decide how to use that time. Let us take our breaks when we need them. The ELD is a tool and probably 90% of drivers don't have a problem with it. I've driven both ways with paper logs and ELDs. I haven’t had a violation either way, and the ELD ensures I’ll never have them. People thought ELDs would be an opportunity to force shippers to pay detention but it didn't happen. There are better ways to make these people accountable. You know as well as I do, that a lot of industry experts said that ELDs are going to be great for rates. It didn’t happen.