House Transportation Committee Asks for Three-Month Extension to Hours of Service Rule
Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, asking the Department of Transportation to delay the effective date of a new Hours of Service (HOS) rule for truck drivers and commercial bus drivers by three months. The rule was originally scheduled to take effect July 1.
The new rule changes the “restart” period for the number of hours truck drivers may spend on the road. The new rule still limits drivers to the 60- or 70-hour on-duty period, but it allows them to “restart” the clock on this period only once every seven days, by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off duty. This 34-hour period must include at least two time periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. In addition, if more than 8 consecutive hours have passed since the driver was last off-duty or in the sleeper berth, the driver must take at least a 30-minute break before driving.
Currently, this new rule is being challenged in the D.C. Circuit Court by the American Trucking Association (ATA) and other groups. The ATA requested that the FMCSA delay implementation of the rule until after the court’s decision, which is expected in June, but the FMCSA denied that request. The House Transportation Committee’s request parallels the one made by the ATA, asking the FMCSA to hold off for three months so that the court’s decision can be reached.
HOS rules exist to cut down on driver fatigue, a major source of accidents. If you’ve suffered injuries in a truck crash, don’t wait: call the aggressive Missouri truck accident lawyer John Page today. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.