On Nov. 30, 2011, ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie testified at The Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending to put forth bakers’ position.
“This is the fourth rewrite of the Hours of Service regulations in twelve years,” ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie told a House subcommittee with broad regulatory oversight authority. “The proposal would require significant changes to industry distribution systems; affect employee work hours; and increase the cost of delivering fresh bakery products. Ultimately, the consumer would feel these costs at the checkout aisle. With high unemployment and high food inflation, now is the worst time to push regulation for regulation’s sake.”
The proposed Hours of Service regulations are under review by the White House regulatory oversight office. ABA met with office officials to urge them to block the proposal.
With fatigue-related commercial accidents at record lows, it makes little sense to decrease driver hours and increase costs to bakers by 10-12 percent.