Wednesday deadline for lawmakers to sign letter calling for HOS study

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | Friday, August 23, 2013

Four lawmakers have penned a letter that, among other things, calls on the DOT Secretary to provide a date when FMCSA will complete a field study on the recent changes to hours of service.

Lawmakers Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.; Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C.; Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla.; and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., are contacting their fellow lawmakers in Congress to sign onto the letter.

The letter states that Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act – MAP-21, the current highway law – directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a statistically valid field study by March 31, 2013.

“Even with the field study unfinished, the FMCSA finalized and enacted these untested new HOS regulations,” the lawmakers wrote. “We request that the FMCSA establish and provide to us the date on which the efficacy study required by MAP-21 and full report will be completed and submitted to Congress.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is encouraging members to call their lawmakers and encourage them to sign onto the letter in support of pressing FMCSA to move forward with the study.

Truckers can call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 and operators can connect you with your representative’s office. When talking to the lawmaker’s staff and encouraging your lawmaker’s support, you can refer to the letter as Congressman Hanna’s hours-of-service letter to DOT Secretary Foxx.

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