By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter
This story appears in the May 4 print edition of Transport Topics.
WASHINGTON — A House appropriations bill unveiled last week could keep the suspended 34-hour restart rule from being reinstated by Sept. 30, and would permit use of twin 33-foot trailers.
The provisions were attached to the 2016 appropriations bill released April 28 by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee.
It was not clear at press time who attached any of the riders to the appropriations bill.
“It’s a subcommitte product,” said Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing.
But the riders drew a swift retort from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Democrats on the subcommittee.
“There are some very important safety protections being challenged through the appropriations process without the benefit of hearings and without the benefit of testing those riders through public discourse,” Foxx told Transport Topics.