Reactions to the revised hours-of-service rules range from concern to
OOIDA recognized that some of the current provisions that give truckers
the flexibility to tailor their schedules to their own personal needs were left
intact. However, the association is looking closely at some of the changes to
the split-sleeper berth provision in the revised rules. OOIDA is concerned
about the real-world impact of the modifications to the rule. The association
is very seriously considering asking FMCSA to reconsider certain provisions in
the revised rules.
While the American Trucking Association has also voiced some concerns
with the revision, it also acknowledged positive points. The group said FMCSA’s
actions confirmed research that says the current hours-of-service regs have
improved safety on the nation’s highways, provided for the health of truck
drivers and assured efficient transport of the nation’s goods.
On the flip-side, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety issued a press
release that said by repackaging and reissuing an unsafe rule, FMCSA has failed
once again to protect the health and safety of working truck drivers and
families on our roads and highways.
And, perhaps as expected, Public Citizen, one of the groups that
petitioned the courts to have the current rules tossed out, isn’t happy with
the revisions at all – calling them a disappointment and saying that they are
virtually unchanged from the 2003 regs.
Finally, the Teamsters called the revised regs a major setback for
highway safety. The group said the rules would increase the potential for
deadly accidents by forcing drivers to log even more hours on the road.
Teamster president Jim Hoffa went on to say the proposed rule is yet another
outrageous power grab by ruthless companies.
– By Jami Jones, staff editor