A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.
In a May 2 statement, the group also argues that Congress should leave the Hours of Service rule alone– at least until data on driver fatigue is compiled after the upcoming electronic logging device mandate has gone into effect.
In its statement, The Trucking Alliance “urges the U.S. Senate to delete the proposed ’73 hours in a 7-day period’ provision from the bill” because HOS rules “should rely on sound science and statistical data to reduce truck driver fatigue.”
The HOS provision in the Senate’s FY2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill (S.2844) reads: “If the 34-hour restart rule in effect on June 30, 2013, is restored, then drivers who use the 34-hour restart may not drive after being on duty more than 73 hours in a 7-day period.”
Source: Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill – News – TruckingInfo.com
The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 21 fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what would be the status of the 34-hour restart if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that the restart changes benefit drivers.
The HOS provision in the FY2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill also aims to prevent drivers from abusing the restart rule by capping the amount of time they can spend behind the wheel or on duty at 73 hours per week.
The bill’s language puts it this way: “If the 34-hour restart rule in effect on June 30, 2013, is restored, then drivers who use the 34-hour restart may not drive after being on duty more than 73 hours in a 7-day period.
Source: Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule – News – TruckingInfo.com
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.
Shortly after being hired by Brindi in 2011, the driver began notifying the company of defective equipment on his truck, including ineffective brakes, steering issues, non-functioning turn signals, leaks and a cracked windshield, according to OSHA. He requested the problems be fixed but the company refused.
In February 2012, the driver contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about the issues. The truck was inspected and 16 violations were found. The truck was pulled from service until the repairs were made. When the driver notified Brindi, he was discharged. The driver filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA, which found merit in the complaint.
Source: Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns – News – TruckingInfo.com
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