OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and Teamsters have agreed on how the Hours-of-Service regulations should be handled — now it’s up to the feds.
The two groups are calling upon governments to reduce the proposed daily driving limits. They suggest capping the maximum number of hours drivers can operate within a shift to 13.
On the other hand, the government plan that’s been tabled makes it possible for drivers to operate a rig for 14 consecutive hours.
“With pre-trip inspections and other required duties, it would be virtually impossible for a driver to operate his rig for 14 consecutive hours,” explains CTA chief executive officer, David Bradley. “But there is no doubt that this issue has raised concerns among the public and our proposal would serve to set the record straight.”
Teamsters Canada president, Robert Bouvier, agrees the proposed change would help clear the air of any confusion.
“This agreement is good news for professional drivers, for motor carriers and for motorists who share the raod with truckers,” says Bouvier. “Highway safety is a serious issue and this proposal, if accepted, will address many concerns.”
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