ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has thrown it support behind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) interim ruling to retain the current US hours-of-service rules.
The association will testify today before a Senate Subcommittee, expressing its support for the interim final rule. The interim final rule retains the 11-hour driving day and 34-hour reset provisions.
Dave Osiecki, vice-president of safety, security and operations with the ATA, is expected to tell the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine Safety and Security and Infrastructure, that the current rules enhance truck safety. He will testify that the current HoS rules are “balanced” and promote driver alertness through natural work and rest cycles, while also allowing operational flexibility for carriers.
He will also present scientific data and safety statistics that show the current rules have resulted in an improvement in truck safety over the previous HoS regime which was in place up until 2004.
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