House delays bill that could have undone hours rule

By James Jaillet on

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The House has pulled a transportation bill that could have potentially reversed the new hours of service rule that went into effect this month.

The House reportedly may consider bringing the bill back to the floor after its August recess.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) was set to propose an amendment to a House bill that would essentially halt the hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1 and allow fleets and drivers to resume operation of the former hours rules by stripping funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration used to enforce the rules.

Hanna sent a letter to colleagues in the House urging for support of the amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, saying that the new regulations “decrease driver flexibility and raise costs for the already over-burdened trucking industry.”

The new hours rule, among other changes, allows drivers to take only one 34-hour restart a week and requires that restart to have two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods within. It also requires that drivers take a 30-minute break after eight on-duty hours.

“It is estimated that the trucking industry will lose $376 million annually due to productivity loss and compliance costs. With rising maintenance, labor, and fuel costs, this important industry and the small businesses it supports simply cannot afford to be burdened by regulations that do not even include a ‘real-world,’ statistically-valid study,” Hanna writes. “Sadly, these additional costs will be passed along to hard-working Americans—with prices rising at supermarkets, restaurants, and everywhere else our nation’s consumers shop.

Hanna’s amendment is being co-sponsored with three other representatives, and the Senate is debating a version of the same bill, too.

In his letter, Hanna says that the MAP-21 highway funding act from last year required the FMCSA to conduct a field study by March 31, 2013, of the then-proposed hours rule. The study is still ongoing, Hanna writes, while the final rule has already gone into effect.

The amendment is expected to be debated and voted upon for addition today. More details will be published when they become available.

 

James Jaillet

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at jjaillet@randallreilly.com.

18 comments
stearlymotor
stearlymotor

Tim, you are correct, and where did you find the extra people that you hired?  Barrack never says anything about how hard it is to find anyone that wants to work, let alone qualified drivers that want to change their employer.  I still want to be the guy that takes one of these politicians with me for a week, we'll see how many 30 minute breaks he/she takes.  Walt Stearly

Tim Sherry
Tim Sherry

I am a Safety Manager for a water trucking company in the oil and gas field.  These new regulations have made it very hard to keep our customers satisfied.  Our industry operates 7 days a week and runs two 12 hr shifts.  The rule that has been effecting us the most is having to take the two periods of 1 am to 5 am, our night shift actually ends up taking over a 50 hour break in order to reset. I'm sure you can see how this becomes a problem.  I believe firmly that these new HOS rules are part of Obama's way to show that he is creating more jobs.  I know our company had to hire more employees in order to get the job done.  I don't feel that we will see any change in these ridiculous rules any time in the near future.  

VanEvery Trucking
VanEvery Trucking

tell the people that make the rule to go out and drive in todays world and see how it really works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank you    Van Every Trucking

stearlymotor
stearlymotor

What works for one driver might not work for another.  What works for ME today, may not work tomorrow.  There has to be some common sense applied, & I understand that common sense is in short supply in Washington.  If a driver needs to rest, then so be it, but don't tell me that I have to take a 30 minute break just because Wasahington thinks I should.  It will just be another instance that can be tracked to a time on someones watch, or time stamped fuel ticket.  "You could not have been sleeping, your fuel ticket shows you were paying the bill".  I want to be the driver that takes one of these politicians with me for a week.  Walt Stearly  Stearly's Motor Freight, Inc.  Pottstown, Pa.

Brian Holmberg
Brian Holmberg

Once again I would like to thank the U.S. goverment and the people pushing the H.O.S rule upon us have no idea what real damage u have all caused such as fellow drivers/owner ops that are being forced out of buisness due to ur stupidity and this whole matter is not about safety,that it all about generating $$$$ from us that we dont have to begain with,just take a look at state of MN for example,the D.O.T have done nothing but drive around or set up shop too pick on us truck driver and farmers for thier nonsence b.s. and putting people out of service for stupid reasons such as washer fluids not full,trash not cleaned out or bed not made saying that were fatiuqe to do these things,really people pull ur head out of ur ASS!!! I wonder how many of u people in Washinton forget to take trash out or make thier bed in mourning,isnt that considered being to fatiuge to work in goverment job and run this crountry. Wake up and smell the coffee and take a good look to what ur doing to the average working family trying to provide for thier familys.

 

Thank U

Angery truck driver/owner-op

Brian Holmberg

Miss Julie
Miss Julie

Another FUBAR rule without any statistical analysis to support their position.  How many hours does a trauma surgeon work during a shift? How about the interns or residents?  How about politicians?  How may hours does a typical family drive on their summer vacation?  How about the old guy in his motor home pulling a boat? 

 

These rules are simply without merit and will have a huge impact on the overall economy.  Let's slide even further into a decline and undermine what recovery (small as it is) we've had.  Way to go, Washington!

nick Justice
nick Justice

A REPRESENTATIVE WITH SOME SENSE? WOW!

 

DannyMurdock
DannyMurdock

The Bill is off the floor.Same old same old.For six years Congress has done nothing.Every deadline is missed,nothing is solved.The corporations still make the money,the working people take the loss.

MidnightRyder
MidnightRyder

The new HOS regs were a solution in search of a problem.   No proof whatsoever that they would enhance safety.  Only kill productivity and further complicate the life of a truck driver.

Al M
Al M

Holy Crap a Republican that is on our side nice, Keep up the good work Mr. Hanna

 

Jim
Jim

Just out of curiosity Paul, how many hours did you take off last weekend?

Hank H
Hank H

Great news for a thursday mornjng Aug 1st. Hanna is a breath of freash air  .Mr Hanna you have our support in  New Mexico,        We  will  be  on  the  phone  to  house  reps  FORSURE  !

Paul L
Paul L

Because of the 7 day and two periods between 1-5 am rule in order to use the 34 hour restart provision we have drivers that are off duty for 54 hours and the FMCSA is trying to tell us those drivers are too fatigued to qualify for a restart provision.  I don't have a lot of faith in Washington getting much done but I hope this is a bill that both parties can get behind. 

Eugerne
Eugerne

like always, the people on capital hill which we voted in"ha ha ha" sticking it to us again, putting the cart in front of the horse...

Jay Lestarge
Jay Lestarge

This repeats exactly what I posted about 2-3 weeks ago!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to see a politician use his head for a change. You have my vote Mr. Richard Hanna if you ever run in Minnesota. 

HBI
HBI

I sure hope that this goes through!!!  Hanna is right on the money!  LITERALLY!!  Hanna you have our support in Nebraska!!!

Mike_M
Mike_M

Hmm let see a regular weekend starts at 5:00 PM on Friday until 7:00 AM on Monday for a total of 63 hours.  Are you saying that your drivers maxed out their 60/70 hour clocks in five days?  Wouldn't they have some hours available to drive following two days off?

 

IMHO people want to work the driver to death...