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Issue Brief: Hours of Service
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Background & Update

On May 11, 2015, the NWPCA joined 70+ organizations in Washington, DC and state trucking associations in a joint letter to Congress supporting Sec.132 of the FY ’16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill.

The letter was sent to Member of Congress and their Chief-of-Staffs, Legislative Directors, and Appropriations Committee staff. In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) altered the 34-hour restart rule that was in place from 2003 to 2013. The subsequent outcome resulted in an adverse impact on productivity for truck drivers and questionable safety gains.

Subsequently, Congressional House and Senate Appropriations Committee members suspended FMCSA action through Sec. 132 which “temporarily suspends the enforcement of the hours-of-service regulation related to the restart provision that went into effect on July 1, 2013 and directs the Secretary to conduct a study of the operational safety, health and fatigue aspects of the restart provision”.

Industry feels the FMCSA is not using complete data for its study. The coalition is asking Congress to ensure the agency is using data that is representative of all drivers who use the restart provision and to consider the impact of putting more drivers on the road during day-time hours when congestion and traffic is higher before releasing its study.

 

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