by firm opposition from labor unions and the Canadian for Responsible
and Safe Highways (CRASH), Canada's transport ministers have unanimously
approved a new federal hours-of-service standard for Canadian
truck drivers, saying that it will give drivers more opportunity
people who drive on the highways where there are ever more trucks
present want to know that those drivers do have mandatory rest
periods, that they are not able to work the number of hours that
they are currently allowed to work," federal Transport Minister
David Collenette told reporters after the ministers' meeting in
Winnipeg. According to Today's Trucking, Collenette said that
those who dispute the new rules have other interests and are really
in favor of other modes of transportation.
a truck driver can be on duty up to 16 hours in a 24-hour period
and can log as many as 104 hours in seven days. The new standard
restricts drivers to 14 hours on duty (13 hours driving) followed
by 10 hours off, and 84 hours in a seven-day period. A driver
who accumulates 70 hours after consecutive five days must take
36 hours off before going back to work.
transport officials have said they want the new standard to take
effect next September.