Teamsters denounces revised HoS rules

by Today's Trucking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Teamsters has denounced the new Hours-of-Service (HoS) rules released by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), warning they would lead to reduced road safety.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao unveiled the final rule Thursday, saying it will improve safety for all motorists and increase flexibility to America’s truckers.

But the union doesn’t buy that. It bristled at the agency’s decision to extend the maximum working day for short-haul drivers from 12 hours to 14 hours.

It also criticized changes to the mandatory 30-minute break rule.

Under the new rule, long-haul drivers will be allowed to count time spent on work other than driving, such as loading or unloading, toward the 30-minute break after eight hours of driving.

“We shouldn’t be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses.”

– Teamsters president Jim Hoffa.

“In an effort to increase so-called ‘flexibility’ for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further,” Teamsters president Jim Hoffa said.

“Trucking is already one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. We shouldn’t be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses.”

The final rule will take effect three months after publication in the Federal Register.

The U.S. trucking industry employs more than 7 million people and moves 70% of the country’s domestic freight.

Teamsters, formally known as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, represents 1.4 million workers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Have your say

This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.


  • Until the discriminatory salary per mile is banned, while limiting the time with an electronic logbook, there will be more and more accidents. It’s time to understand this already. The truck driver is the same employee as any other, and it is not clear why he should earn not for time but for the number of miles. It is clear that salary for miles reduces the risks of companies, increasing the risks of drivers who spend a third of their time at work for free. But then why complain about the increase in the number of accidents? Unless a salary for miles is banned, no laws will improve the situation.

  • These new rules are okay if overtime after 10 hours on duty or 9 hours driving per day. Many trucking companies and receivers take a different approach when the truck cost 65 U S cents us per minute or 90 cd per minute. Many truck drivers end up injured or sick. The E-log has increased the number of truck drivers with fungus. With the cuts in Ontario Canada in Health Care some truck end up losing a foot or leg. The insurance companies and trucking companies need to come up with a better protection system for truck drivers. This will make the roads safer and solve the so called truck driver shortage.