This is the normal practice of Heartland Express. If a regional driver refuses to drive out of region, corporate planners get their panties in a wad and will put the regional driver on the bottom of the list to be dispatched and the regional driver may have to wait (days sometimes) for a load. No Work..No Pay!!
So, one of two things need to happen to Heartland Express and their money making scheme against the drivers: (1) Unionize the drivers. (2) Heartland needs to recruit new drivers out of driving school with no experience and with no idea of how to recognize corporate undermining.
Heartland Express has one of the or if not the highest driver turnover rates of all trucking companies I know. Gee, I wonder why?? So, beware of the recruiting pitch that Heartland Express gives (Home time, benefits, etc.) NOT!!!
P.S. Heartland has a idol policy that really sucks. Why you ask? Because if you like to sweat in 120 degrees during the summer or if you like to freeze during the cold months or if you like to drive a 60 MPH because you let your engine idol too long, join Heartland Express and enjoy the rest of those who have complained to a careless company.