Bill that would undo hours rule pulled from House

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The House has pulled a transportation bill that could have potentially reversed the new hours of service rule that went into effect this month.

The House reportedly may consider bringing the bill back to the floor after its August recess.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) was set to propose an amendment to a House bill that would halt the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1 and allow fleets and drivers to resume operation of the former hours rules by stripping funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration used to enforce the new rule.

Hanna sent a letter to colleagues in the House urging for support of the amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, saying that the new regulations “decrease driver flexibility and raise costs for the already over-burdened trucking industry.”

The new hours rule, among other changes, allows drivers to take only one 34-hour restart a week and requires that restart to have two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods within. It also requires that drivers take a 30-minute break after eight on-duty hours.

“It is estimated that the trucking industry will lose $376 million annually due to productivity loss and compliance costs. With rising maintenance, labor, and fuel costs, this important industry and the small businesses it supports simply cannot afford to be burdened by regulations that do not even include a ‘real-world,’ statistically-valid study,” Hanna writes. “Sadly, these additional costs will be passed along to hard-working Americans—with prices rising at supermarkets, restaurants, and everywhere else our nation’s consumers shop.”

Hanna’s amendment is being co-sponsored by three other representatives, and the Senate is debating a similar version of the bill.

In his letter, Hanna says that the MAP-21 highway funding act from last year required the FMCSA to conduct a field study by March 31, 2013, of the then-proposed hours rule. The study is still ongoing, Hanna writes, while the final rule has already gone into effect.

The amendment is expected to be debated and voted upon for addition today. More details will be published when they become available.

  • Vladmir4

    ones again – all this crap NOT about safety. It about additional measurement of control, harassment and so on.

  • Dingler Trucking

    Have we had enough yet???? Lets park the trucks for a week and lets give em a what for. In case you have forgotten, we hold the power in our trucks. Withiut us america shuts down.

  • rc1234

    Does anyone really think that these brain dead legislators would have any concept of reality?

  • rc1234

    Does anyone really think that these brain dead legislators would vote for any common sense legislation? If you need the federal gov’t to tell you what to do, there is no hope for you……

  • dingler trucking

    Do you people not understand that this is all in play to force more freight on to the railways which furthers the governments plan to end long haul and go directly to cross docking. Goodbye independent owner ops. They have been pushing and shoving this ceapp down our throats ever since Reagan deregulated trucking. Great for the big boys, death for the independents.

  • No Reform

    Yep..plan ahead in an industry where things are constantly real good on PAPER…obviously these anuses never drove anywhere. Cheerleaders for these CONSTRAINTS get on here and pretend to be drivers….LOL.

  • No Reform

    You mean those intimidating dicks wearing guns?? What other industry do you see guys ordering the worker around while they are wearing GUNS?

  • No Reform

    Yea..Speeding on Paper? They will FINE you if they so desire…MONEY Grubbing Scheme.

  • No Reform

    Sure look at Pilot and chief HASLAM..thay is how it grubbing at its finest…the SHINING STAR of the Rich Man….Hogging trucker money.

  • Dr Duke

    Trucking deregulation happened under Carter. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.