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House Leaders Want to Halt HOS Changes

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have asked President Obama to withdraw the administration’s proposed changes to the hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in an Oct. 5 letter to Obama that withdrawing the proposed changes is an “opportunity to avoid adding another $1 billion in regulatory burden” to the economy and to small businesses.

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is expected to unveil the new HOS rule by Oct. 28, and it could include reducing driving time to 10 hours from 11 hours.

“They’re trying to interfere with a settlement that was agreed to by the Justice Department and the parties involved,” Fred McLuckie legislative director for the Teamsters Union, said of the leadership’s letter.

FMCSA’s latest proposal, announced on Dec. 23, grew out of a court settlement between FMCSA and advocacy groups that include labor unions and highway safety advocates who want to reduce driver hours.

Besides reducing driving time, the proposed rule would change drivers’ current ability to restart their weekly work cycle with a 34-hour rest period. That would in effect reduce the total work cycle because drivers would be required to take two six-hour rest periods between midnight and 6 a.m.

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