More Groups Seek Hours-of-Service Exemption
As the House of Representatives draws closer to finalizing its version of Reauthorization, efforts to seek exemptions from the new hours of service rules have now gone beyond just the utility industry (see our CVSA Call to Action of Feb. 2, 2004).
A coalition of short haul operators that include food and retail industries that use driver-salesmen (led by Wal Mart) are claiming the new rules, particularly the on-duty time requirements, are having a significant impact on their operations. The coalition members are seeking to be covered under the old rules in an amendment to the Reauthorization bill. Such an exemption would significantly undermine the new hours-of-service rules and should be rejected. Click here to view a copy of the letter we have sent to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee opposing this amendment.
Truck Rest Area Provisions Being Considered
Click here to view a letter urging the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include the Senate truck rest area parking provisions in its bill as well. Click here to review a recent article about the provisions in the Senate bill. We believe there is a good chance the House will include such provisions that are the most comprehensive to date dealing with this important issue.