This afternoon the National Association of Manufacturers joined a broad based coalition of 15 industry groups in filing an amicus brief challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service final rules for commercial truck drivers. The brief supports the American Trucking Association’s legal challenge to the 34-hour restart change in the regulation.
The restart provisions will place a significant burden on manufacturers, causing a negative impact throughout the supply chain and distribution operations. It will drive up costs, hurting jobs and our competitiveness. Manufacturers rely heavily on trucking for the transport of supplies and finished products. Due to this regulation, more trucks will be placed on the road during peak driving times, adding to the already congested highways across our country and increasing shipping costs.
This is just another regulation that adds to the unfavorable business environment facing manufacturers. We will continue to work with our industry partners to change this burdensome regulation to protect jobs and our competitiveness.
Robyn Boerstling is director of transportation infrastructure, National Association of Manufacturers.