Canada begins HOS change process

| 8/2/2002

A task force of Canadian regulators has completed work on a proposal for a new hours-of-service standard for truckdrivers, which begins a long process toward final regulatory approval. The group agreed on work-rest standards based on a 14-hour on-duty cycle followed by 10 hours off during a 24-hour period. It also incorporated a proposal by the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Teamsters Union to cap the number of consecutive driving hours at 13 each day.

The proposal is expected to face opposition from labor and the rail lobby, news reports say.