51 lawmakers press DOT to wrap up HOS study

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 9/5/2013

A letter spearheaded by four lawmakers will be heading to the Department of Transportation urging the agency to expedite a study on the changes to the hours-of-service regulation.

Lawmakers Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.; Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C.; Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla.; and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., circulated the letter around the Capitol asking fellow lawmakers to sign on to the letter.

The letter, now signed by 51 lawmakers, 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.”

Duane DeBruyne, an FMCSA spokesman, said that the data collection for the study was completed in July and the final report is expected later this year.

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