The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposal to limit the number of hours of service (HOS) a driver can endure is being challenged by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
As the FMCSA’s proposal undergoes review, the ATA sent forth a white paper noting why the current HOS rules should be upheld.
According to etrucker.com, the ATA argues that with the current HOS rules, which have been in effect for seven years now, safety has increased with 33% less causalities due to accidents as well as a reduction of injuries.
The ATA argues that with fewer hours, more inexperienced, and thus unsafe, drivers will be used to fulfill their company’s shipping needs and would “cost the industry $2.25 billion annually,” the site notes.
So why is the FMCSA proposing such a rule? The ATA has a theory, believing that “the Department of Transportation’s willingness to reconsider the HOS rules has almost everything to do with politics and little or nothing to do with highway safety,” (http://www.etrucker.com/apps/news/article.asp?id=86058).
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Read the ATA’s white paper at http://www.ccjdigital.com/files/2010/12/ATA-HOS.pdf.
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