Hours of Service Rules Would Put Brakes on Trucking, Manufacturers, the Economy

The American Trucking Associations rounds up the critical reaction from business,  transportation, law enforcement and other groups to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s proposed rules of service for over-the-road trucking.

From “Variety of Groups Pan FMCSA’s Proposed Hours-of-Service Rule,” a selection:

Several of the proposed changes will create more difficulty for roadside inspectors and law enforcement officers to verify compliance . . . we believe the prudent course of action at this point would be to retain the current rules . . .” – Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Executive Director Stephen A. Keppler.

“The proposed rule is not supported by existing safety and health data. . . . Advocacy recommends that FMCSA consider retaining its current regulations while conducting additional research to determine whether changing the current rules will meet the agency’s stated objective of improving safety, enhancing driver health and providing flexibility. . . The proposed rule would reduce flexibility and could actually impede safety and driver health.” –  U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

“. . . the reality that the current hours-of-service rules have been functioning well and safely since they were made effective in 2004 seems to argue that it is ill-considered and inappropriate to propose such complex changes to the current hours-of-service rules.” – Gregg Dal Ponte, administrator, Motor Carrier Transportation Division, Oregon DOT.

“The PUCO is concerned that the proposed rule will be promulgated without due consideration of the implementation activities that states will be forced to undertake.” – Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

“The proposed rule would reduce driving time for nighttime drivers. Meanwhile, nighttime deliveries to restaurants are becoming more and more common, particularly in quick service restaurants. These nighttime deliveries reduce on-highway congestion across America’s largest metropolitan areas while minimizing interruptions in the operations of our members, particularly by lowering the number of deliveries that take place during peak hours, such as lunch time,” – Angelo I. Amador, vice president of labor and workforce policy, National Restaurant Association

ATA also cites the comments from the National Association of Manufacturers, which one can read in their entirety here.

“The NAM is concerned that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed rule does not demonstrate why a departure from the current rule is necessary to achieve the program’s safety goals. The current rules have proven successful in achieving reductions in truck-related fatalities and truck accidents.” – Robyn M. Boerstling, Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Policy, National Association of Manufacturers.

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