A proposal under consideration by the Canadian government
would permit truckdrivers to work a total of 84 hours a week or
14 hours a day, 13 of them driving.
In other words, having worked 14 hours a day for five days (70
hours), truckers would get 36 hours off the job, after which they
could take on another 14-hour shift.
If the proposal gains final approval, it could end hopes that Canadian
and U.S. HOS regulations would some day "harmonize."
Rick Craig, director of regulatory affairs, the Owner-Operator
Independent Drivers Association: "As important as it is for
the U.S. and Canada to develop uniform regulations, you can't blame
the Canadians for forging ahead in their own direction.
"The last U.S. proposal to revise the hours-of-service rules
was not only complex, unworkable and outrageous, it was a downright
embarassment. I believe the Canadians know they can't wait around
for the United States to come up with a rational concept to even
begin working toward hamonization."
The proposal was put forth by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport
Administrators, a joint federal, provincial and territorial group
that coordinates motor vehicle transportation and highway safety.