WASHINGTON, D.C. — A stubborn coalition of special interest groups in the US has launched yet another challenge against the Hours-of-Service rules there.
This despite the fact truck safety has improved under the current HoS regime. The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently dismissed a legal challenge against the current rules.
Now, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is once again in a position where it must defend the current HoS rules, even though crash data in the US has shown the trucking industry is safer than ever. The ATA is also taking the opportunity to suggest the US move forward with a law requiring carriers to use electronic on-board recorders to monitor hours-of-service if they have a history of non-compliance.
“We believe that a new EOBR regulation will help to further improve the safety compliance posture of motor carriers, which could lead to further truck safety improvements in the years ahead,” ATA CEO Bill Graves said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. “I know we share this important goal.”
The FMCSA has already drafted legislation that would require carriers with HoS violations to use EOBRs to track their compliance. In its letter, the ATA urged Peters and Office of Management and Budget director Jim Nussle to approve the proposed rule.
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