Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that a new hours-of-service proposal
is not likely to be issued within the next year. Todd Spencer, OOIDA vice president,
said, "The delay is not unexpected, given the magnitude of problems the
previous proposals created."
reports indicate major proposals like the HOS rule changes are likely to be
delayed until the confirmation of the agency's administrator is made official.
The White House has nominated former Roadway executive Joseph Clapp for the
job. The Bush administration says Clapp's confirmation by the Senate is a top
is also waiting for the results of an independent cost-benefit analysis. Industry
officials are hopeful that a workable solution will result from the added time
FMCSA will spend looking for a solution. "The agency should take the necessary
time to consider the costs and benefits," says Spencer, "as well as
the practicality of the rules."
David Longo says the cost study could take at least a year to complete from
the time the contractor is selected.