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In December, the FMCSA unveiled proposed new HOS rules that would require drivers to take two half-hour rest breaks in their 14hour work shift, which would cut onduty time to 13 hours from 14 hours.
Also under the proposed rules changes, the current 34-hour restart provision would be changed, shortening the driver work week. And FMCSA said it is leaning toward reducing the number of hours a driver can be behind the wheel without a long break from the current 11 to 10 hours.
Among the 11 people signing the letter on behalf of organizations they lead were
Truckers, shippers and manufacturers have said reducing driver hours would be an unnecessary and burdensome change for business and a drag on an economy struggling to find traction after a severe recession.
Calls to change the current hours of service are "illogical" and without sound or scientific basis, said
"The framework for the current hours of service regulations has now been in place for eight years without any evidence to suggest that the rules have created a saiety problem," Osiecki said.
The dire predictions made by the signers of the letter when the current rules were issued in 2003 have not come true, he added. Truck safety has improved to "record levels," ne said.
The trucking industry has said the proposed rules changes would drive up the cost of all goods because increased freight overhead would be passed onto consumers.
The letter followed two other recent letters to Obama that opposed cutting back on hours of service.
The September letter also was signed by Rep.
Boehner and Cantor stated in their letter that the proposed HOS rules changes would constitute a
The letter also said the proposed "HOS reform" rules would create nearly 40,000 "sorely needed" jobs and that the proposed changes were the result of two federal court rulings that upheld HOS rules adopted before the 2004 change that increased driver hours to current levels.