In addition, more than 1,800 truck drivers made comments at truck stops about the HOS proposal that were transmitted to FMCSA. The comments were scanned for free at Pilot Flying J and Love’s truck stops.
Congress also joined the opposition, as 122 House members and 23 Senators wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging retention of current rules.
Because truck crash rates have declined significantly while the current regulations have been in effect, CVSA contends FMCSA’s proposal does not appear to substantiate the need for the proposed regulatory changes. Instead, CVSA encourages enabling more tools for enhancing enforcement and additional exploration of the effect between hours of service, fatigue and performance.
“The consensus from our state and jurisdictional enforcement members regarding these proposed rules is that they are confusing and not easily understood,” said Stephen Keppler, CVSA executive director. “The proposed rules, in our view, will be more difficult to enforce roadside than the rules in place today.”
ATA said the proposed changes are politically motivated and that the current rules are based on science and have been proven to enhance safety.
“In its current HOS proposal, the agency has abandoned years of objective analysis in favor of speculation and internal ‘judgments’ of critical areas,” ATA said.
NASSTRAC, an industry association that represents freight shippers in all modes of transportation, urged FMCSA to preserve the current rule, which the group said has improved safety. Its filing also argues that under the proposed rule, an additional 180 drivers and trucks would be needed to maintain current service levels.
— Staff reports
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