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Getting Tough with Hours-of-Service


It looks as if the controversy over proposed hours-of-service rules is about to enter the high-stakes political hardball stage. As the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration presses forward with a plan to further restrict HOS, several prominent Republican congressmen are drawing a line in the sand with the Obama Administration.

In a letter to President Obama, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and three other GOP congressmen vowed to oppose the HOS changes being advanced by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.

“If finalized, the proposed changes would have a substantial negative impact on the productivity of the $600 billion trucking industry and will quickly result in a drag on the staggering U.S. economy,” stated the Sept. 23 letter.

"We have not seen any evidence that the current hour of service rules, in place now for more than seven years, are unsafe and need revision. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Since implementation of the current rules, there has been a reduction in severe and fatal crashes involving large trucks, even as truck mileage has increase by almost ten billion miles.”

The letter was signed by Mica, John Duncan of Tennessee, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania and Sam Graves of Missouri.

The Obama Administration contends the changes are needed to improve motorist safety by buckling down on driver fatigue.

With an election year coming up, look for things on this matter to go from heated to scorching.


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