Rep. Hanna Calling for Repeal of New Rules for Truckers
Republican Congressman Richard Hanna is working to push back a new rule that is hurting the nations trucking industry.
Hanna is lashing out against a package of new regulations enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Prior to July 1, truckers who drove 70 hours one week, the maximum amount allowed by law, could take a 34-hour restart period.
The restart means truckers need to stop driving for 34 hours straight before being able to reset their weekly allotment.
Now, a new rule says truckers can only take one restart per week, and if they do, they must not drive from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. for two consecutive days.
The rules are based on a study that showed keeping truckers asleep during the early morning hours will be more beneficial to their health and alertness.
Hanna said the original rules were strong enough without the added requirement, he says this new regulation is costing the trucking industry over $376 million.
Hanna has introduced his own bill, the TRUE Safety Act, which would roll back the rules to the pre-July requirements.
Mike Chellis, a member of the New York Motor Truck Association, which supports the new bill, said the regulation requiring truckers to sleep during the early mornings could make roads less safe.
He said drivers will have to drive during peak hours including morning and afternoon rush hours which he says will increase congestion and accidents.