Alberta's HOS stance draws fire

| 11/15/2006

Groups representing some of the biggest carriers in the province of Alberta, Canada, are criticizing the government's decision to keep its own hours-of-service rules.

Canada's federal government will put new HOS rules into effect in January 2007 that will reduce driving time from 16 to 13 hours and increase the minimum off-duty time from eight to 10 hours.

But Alberta officials announced they will stick with the old hours of service for truckers who drive strictly within the province.

According to Canadian media reports, the head of Alberta's Motor Transport Association is strongly opposed to the plan, saying local truckers will have a competitive advantage over those who haul between provinces.

Another MTA official said it will also create confusion in the enforcement community as to who is supposed to comply with which rules.