OOIDA responds to Canada's HOS proposal

| Friday, August 23, 2002

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.

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