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Can Truck Drivers refuse to work more then 40 hours a week?

I am thinking to become a truck driver and I am willing to drive anywhere in USA/Canada.I just don't want to drive more then 40 hours a week.I'm talking about a big truck.Can I be forced to work more then 40 hours a week? I know I wont get paid as much but I don't care.

Asked By: Daniel N - 6/24/2008
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40 hour work weeks for truckers usually only exist in the "union world." And that will be local, or regional work. Not international OTR. A typical week for a truck driver is 50 - 60 hours. And no, you don't get overtime for the hours above 44. If you are OTR, you are paid by the mile... no such thing as O/T. And... More
Answered By: short shrimp - 6/24/2008
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If you belong to the Teamster's Union, you may have to do some overtime sometimes (nearly every working person has to face this), but the Teamster's Union offers better pay and better benefits than RN's get... More
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Answered By: Gavin R - 6/24/2008
 
For starters, you will drive more than 40 hours per week, no if's, and's, or but's. If you are union, you will still get stuck with overtime from time to time. If you are over the road, you will face the "hours of service" regulations as indicated by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations. Those regs state... More
Answered By: Trey S - 6/27/2008
 
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