ABA, along with other industry groups, is sending a strong message to Congress about the negative impact on business of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new Hours of Service (HOS) rules. In a letter sent to Capitol Hill this week, the group urged members of the House to support newly-introduced legislation that would defer implementation of the 34-hour restart provision. Introduced at the end of October, HR 3413, the ‘‘True Understanding of the Economy and Safety Act’’ or the ‘‘TRUE Safety Act,’’ defers implementation of the new restart provisions pending completion of Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviews of: (1) the analysis used by the FMCSA to justify the new rules and, (2) the MAP-21 required restart field study. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Representatives Hanna (R-NY), Michaud (D-ME), and Rice (R-SC).
The industry letter urges members of Congress to support HR 3413, pointing out that the new 34-hour restart provision “prevents truck drivers, trucking companies and even their customers from taking advantage of more efficient scheduling arrangements.” The letter further notes that the this change is leading to “negative consequences” for trucking operations, manufacturers, retailers and small, medium and large sized businesses that “rely on flexibility in their supply chains.”
“The result of the changes to the restart provision is adding new costs to trucking companies and their customers each week that passes,” concludes the letter. “A trucking industry study has found that the new restart rule has no net benefits and will cost the industry up to $376 million annually. Costs to shippers and consumers are not even included in that calculation.”
The industry coalition is also working to generate support for the legislation through meetings with congressional offices. In support of these meetings, ABA provided a written statement regarding the impact of the HOS rules and the 34-hour restart on the wholesale baking industry which is being included in the leave-behind packets.