Proposed bill would undo changes to US HoS restart provision

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is applauding a proposed bill that would put the brakes on the new hours-of-service restart provision that was implemented in July.

“When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration went ahead with its changes to the restart rule, it did so without waiting for essential research to be completed,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “This bill would simply do what should have been done in the first place: delay implementation until we really know the true operational impacts, costs and safety benefits.”

The bill, H.R. 3413, would stay FMCSA’s restart changes until the Government Accountability Office completes a full assessment of the data and rationale the agency used in issuing its rule. The ATA says the provision is already disrupting the trucking industry, adding a study by Schneider National has found productivity has declined 3-4% since the changes went into effect in July.

“We had hoped FMCSA would’ve listened to reason when we asked them to delay initially, but we hope they’ll listen to Congress and rethink these changes,” Graves said.

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  • To the American Trucking Associations (ATA)I applaud you in getting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change the new rules of the H.O.S rules bill, H.R. 3413 applied in July / 2013 and I hope the Congress will hear what the truck company’s and divers are saying. For my self I live in Canada and drive to California and haul produce back. It is hard enough to get back in time for my time off as it takes a week and with the new rules it is even tougher.
    I hope the rule changes and if we get enough signatures perhaps this would help. Thank you Hammer Down Truck n Trailer / Gary Ball