can follow or reject that recommendation
truck drivers not following new rules governing the hours they can drive
will face aggressive education coupled with discretionary enforcement for
60 days starting Jan. 4, the day the overhauled rules take effect, U.S.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said.
is meant to ensure long-term compliance and understanding of the new safety
rules, Mineta added. The new rule represents the first major rewrite of
HOS rules in more than 60 years.
get closer to the implementation date, we are finding that too many truckers
still have questions about these rules,” Mineta said. “It’s our version
of on-the-job training for drivers who aren’t sure how or whether the new
safety rules apply to them.”
states would be asked to write warnings instead of citations for all but
flagrant violations, and to use every stop as an opportunity to educate
drivers about the new rules. Inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration will coordinate education and enforcement efforts
from regional offices across the country.
also gives DOT officials time to work out a solution with Congress on rules
for truck drivers who work for public utilities and respond to emergency
a solution that keeps road safe, water flowing and the lights on,” Mineta
said, predicting cooperation among everyone concerned and optimism that
a solution can be found.
said the goal was to get details of the changes to all operators as soon
want to do whatever we can to make certain everyone is aware and ready
to comply as soon as possible,” he said.
information about the rule is at www.fmcsa.dot.gov,
and FMCSA will staff a toll-free telephone line around the clock beginning
Dec. 29 to answer drivers’ questions. The phone number is 1-800-598-5664.