Changes to HOS Rule Should Be Put On Hold
According to a recently formed trucking alliance, Congress and the FMCSA should wait before they make any changes to the current Hours of Service rule. In two years, there will be scientific data available to analyze driver fatigue and that information can be used to create realistic policies to help protect drivers and motorists.
34 Hour Restart Provision
The trucking alliance formed to oppose changes the Senate Appropriations Committee wanted to make to fix confusing language explaining a potential 34-hour restart provision. The 73 hours in a seven-day period rule would conflict with the way drivers currently operate. In addition, the proposed language wouldn’t clarify the proposed rule compared to the way the provision is currently outlined.
December 2017 Mandate
Carriers are required to install electronic logging devices in all of their commercial trucking vehicles by December of 2017. These devices will be able to accurately record driving patterns to provide statistical evidence of possible driver fatigue.
The trucking alliance says that statistical information can be used to make any necessary changes to the Hours of Service rule and any provisions added now may hurt possible essential alterations.
The FMCSA would at last have the accurate data they need once the electronic logging devices are installed next year. Before then, any changes based on confusing and conflicting information can hurt rather than help the trucking industry.
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