Many truckers have no idea how many rights they actually have, and often times never receive compensation that they deserve. This is not a complete shock, however, considering that many companies are not required to inform drivers of these rights. It is often up to the drivers themselves to seek out compensation when earned.
Hometime is often violated by employers. However, this is not always the fault of the employer. Many times a driver will forget to request hometime or ensure that their hometime requests are understood by the employer. If hometime is violated knowingly by an employer, they can be held accountable. Hometime rights for drivers are considered very important in any court of law.
Dispatcher harassment is a common issue among professional drivers. Many employers would rather deny drivers their right to a 10 hour break, and would rather them rush to finish a delivery. This is not only a violation of the driver’s right, but also a dangerous request. Drivers that have been on the road too many hours without resting will begin to experience health issues and can even fall asleep at the wheel. This kind of danger should never be present in the professional trucking industry, and every driver has a right to a 10 hour break within reason.