Politics is the key driver here—not safety. FMCSA was forced to revisit the new HOS rules implemented in 2004, despite the significant declines in truck related fatalities brought about by the 2004 rules. FMCSA issued its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on HOS. Safety groups and one Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) want to cut hours. The changes are dramatic, representing a 7% to 9% instant reduction in truck productivity, and changing distribution center and carrier terminal locations, costing money.
Tragically, the move would put many more trucks on the road (7-9% more), not rails, and increase the truck-car congestion. FMCSA may ignore the true economic impact too. A 7-9% productivity decrease equals 7-9or more trucks on the road, and cost. In other words, special interest groups and one Senator are trying to levy a tax of 7-9% on the $670 Billion transportation bill without a single vote—a $60 Billion tax! FMCSA—please don’t cave in.
Please visit http://www.tuckerco.com/HOS to review the changes. Public comment period is over.