U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is urging members of Congress to reject the so-called “Collins amendment” that would set aside the 34-hour restart rule that requires truckers to get two consecutive nights of sleep.
In a letter to key members of the House and Senate appropriations committees, Foxx says the Department of Transportation and safety groups oppose the amendment from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to a government spending bill.
OOIDA and others in the trucking industry support the Collins amendment – saying the current rule has the unintended effect of forcing truckers who are coming off of restart to get on the highway during the most congested and dangerous hours of the morning.
The Collins amendment is one of the issues that must be resolved if Congress is to pass appropriations bills that would fund the government past Dec. 11.
The 34-hour restart is part of the most recent change to truckers’ hours of service published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2013.
“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this story
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