The American Bakers Association won a major victory today on behalf of the wholesale baking industry with passage of a Senate amendment to the FY 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations bill. The amendment suspends two unjustified provisions to the new Hours of Service regulation.
Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) amendment imposes a stay on the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. provision of the 34-hour restart rule, as well as the 168-hour rule to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) Hours of Service regulations rolled out last July.
“The American Bakers Association thanks Senator Collins for her leadership on this important issue impacting efficient and effective logistics for the industry,” said Robb MacKie, ABA President and CEO. “Changes to the rule requiring two consecutive periods of home terminal time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. are based on faulty rationale and are unnecessary in the wake of improving safety trends.”
“Bakers work to keep stores supplied with fresh baked goods seven days a week, and the 34-hour restart rule is forcing the industry to deploy more equipment and resources during peak commuter driving hours, adversely impacting safety for both drivers and customers,” added MacKie.
If this bill becomes law, these two provisions would be suspended for one year to allow FMCSA to complete and issue its findings on a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Restart Safety Study.
ABA will continue to work with Members of Congress and FMCSA to ensure the baking industry’s concerns are heard as the bill moves forward.