Senate hearing on HOS, driver fatigue postponed

| 12/10/2007

A hearing on driver fatigue and the hours-of-service regulations scheduled by the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee on the FMCSA’s upcoming interim final HOS rule has been postponed.

The interim final rule is in response to a July U.S. Court of Appeals decision tossing out two provisions of the 2005 HOS reg. The hearing was originally set for Wednesday, Dec. 12. A new date for the hearing had not been announced as of press time Monday, Dec. 10.

On July 24, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed both the provision that increased driving time to 11 hours from 10 hours and the 34-hour restart provision.

Once the hearing is rescheduled, the subcommittee will hear testimony on the interim rule and related truck driver fatigue and truck safety matters from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck safety advocates and the motor carrier industry.

Testifying for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association on behalf of truckers will be OOIDA senior member Walter Krupski from New Jersey.

Krupski started his career in trucking as a company driver in 1976. In 1981 he purchased his first truck and leased onto three different trucking companies. He operated in the lower 48 states as a team with his wife, Joanne, until 1989.

In 1989 he began operating primarily within New Jersey, running exempt commodities with dump trailers and driving as well as employing five to 25 owner-operators each day to haul loads.

In 2000, Krupski began focusing his operations on van freight running the Northeast region with eight power units and 12 trailers of his own being operated by employee drivers as well as with additional owner-operators leased to him.

He eventually downsized his operation and is currently back behind the wheel operating one of the three power units he owns. All while logging more than 3 million miles without a chargeable accident.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor