Rep. John Boozman, R-AR, will hold a series of information-gathering
meetings aimed at changing the FMCSA’s HOS rules, which become
effective in January next year.
says the HOS rules are unfair to short-haul truckers, of which
there are many in his northwest Arkansas district.
April 28, the FMCSA announced the pending new rule, aimed at reducing
fatigue-related highway accidents. The rule limits truckers, including
short-haul delivery drivers, to 14 consecutive on-duty hours.
sought "a correction" in the federal regulation, which
he said would disadvantage short-haul truckers, including some
to be found at a McKee Foods plant in Gentry and elsewhere in
Northwest Arkansas. Since many short-haul truckers break up their
driving by stocking shelves and performing other duties, they
don’t need the proposed regulation as other truckers do, Boozman
FMCSA recently announced it wouldn’t modify the regulation, and
since then the congressman has been setting up a series of information-gathering
meetings, Patrick Creamer, Boozman’s communications director,
told the Benton County Daily Record.
plans to meet with lobbyists from affected industries — representatives
of bakers, the snack food industry and others — and other members
of Congress to determine how best to proceed, Creamer said.
(Boozman) trying to figure out where we go from here — if there’s
a way to get exemptions for people or a need for a congressional
hearing on the rule, or if there is, perhaps, a legislative remedy