Hours final rule delayed till Nov. 28

Jill Dunn | October 28, 2011

On Oct. 19, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced an amendment to the transportation appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 to block the proposal from being implemented. No further action has occurred on Senate Amendment 754 to H.R. 2112 yet.

Fellow Republican congressional members have written Obama that the proposal levies too many costs and regulations on trucking. Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia sent letters Oct. 5, preceded by Sept. 19 letters from John Mica of Florida, John Duncan of Tennessee, Bill Schuster of Pennsylvania and Sam Graves of Missouri.

The HOS proposal retains the 34-hour restart provision, which allows drivers to restart their weekly 60 or 70 hours by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. This restart would have to include two consecutive off-duty periods of midnight to 6 a.m. and drivers could use this restart once during a seven-day period.

Driving would have to be completed in a 14-hour workday and all on-duty work-related activities within 13 hours with at least one hour-long break. When the NPR was published, the FMCSA had not decided if daily driving time would be limited to 10 or 11 hours, but stated it favors a 10-hour limit.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the American Trucking Associations oppose the proposal.

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