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PostSubject: 10-hour driving limit for truckers proposed   Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:33 am

10-hour driving limit for truckers proposed

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is considering the establishment of a 10-hour driving limit for long-haul truckers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration said Thursday it favors reducing the current 11-hour limit by an hour. But the agency is accepting comments on whether to change the rule, signaling it may not be completely behind the idea.

The Obama administration has been considering whether to rewrite rules passed in the waning hours of the Bush administration that allowed commercial truckers to drive 11 consecutive hours before resting. That changed a six-decade standard for truckers.

The administration is "leaning" toward the change, said Henry Jasny, general counsel with Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. "They didn't say they are going to do it."

Administration officials have been looking at changes since an October 2009 agreement with safety and labor groups who, in return, shelved a third lawsuit over the rules. Groups have specifically sought the 10-hour limit in the proposed rules.

The Bush administration also cut rest and recovery time at the end of a work week to as little as 34 hours off duty, from the previous guideline of from 50 or more hours.

Safety groups want a 48-hour rest period. But the Obama administration wants to continue the 34 hour off-duty rule while requiring drivers to have two nights sleep before restarting the clock on a work week that could reach 60 hours of driving.

The administration also wants to limit the maximum daily time on duty to 13 hours instead of 14, allowing for a one-hour break.

"We are committed to an hours-of-service rule that will help create an environment where commercial truck drivers are rested, alert and focused on safety while on the job," Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood said in a news release.

Dave Osiecki, a senior vice president at the American Trucking Associations, said it was strange that the Obama administration was hesitating on the 10-hour rule. "What's holding them back?" he asked. Osiecki said industry opposes changes to the rules.

The proposed changes are to be published on Dec. 29 in the Federal Register. The public will then have 60 days to comment and make suggested changes. Final rules are to be published by July 26, 2011.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101223/ap_on_re_us/us_sleepy_truckers

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From Jayrag :

I am a truck driver.
The Government, both Republicans and Democrats always want to regulate the truck drivers. But the real problem has always been with the shippers and receivers of freight.
Sometimes us drivers wait 24 hours to get loaded at warehouses or meat packing plants or ship yards. Then once loaded the load is already late and the driver has to try to make up for loss time and then drivers have flat tires or get stuck in traffic for hours. And when a driver is late for an appointment at a warehouse he mostly has to wait till the next day to get unloaded.
Drivers speed cause they try to make up for loss time,
The government needs to make rules for how long a driver can sit before he is loaded or unloaded but the big companies have lobbyists who make sure the warehouses can treat drivers however they want.

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