Although the new ruling about the allocated hours-of-service (HOS) for truckers has many industry organizations concerned, one of the biggest issues may be the wording of the laws itself sanctioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According to DC Velocity, commercial drivers will be required to rest at odd hours of the night and only during designated periods of time, which could inhibit them doing their job and put trucking safety in jeopardy.
Groups such as the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have been voicing their options over the matter and urge lawmakers to reconsider some of the choices.
Their ability to move goods efficiently has changed the retail landscape and benefited consumers by reducing prices and increasing product assortments," Kelle Kolb, vice president for RILA's government relations department, said in a statement. "The new hours-of-service rule will upend the advances in efficiency made over the past decade."
According to the FMCSA's website, the federal organization has been protecting motorists and designating truck driving safety standards for years. These new rules would be in collaboration with 2010's CSA Compliance laws that also changed the way trucker drove nationwide.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
As 2012 comes to a close, trucking executives and fleet managers are trying to anticipate what the key issues facing the industry will be in 2013.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
The New Jersey Assembly is targeting trucking companies for improperly listing professional drivers who have completed CDL training as independent contractors.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
The New York State Thruway Authority proposed a 45 percent increase in toll prices, which will take effect in October if the plan is implemented.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Officials in Michigan recently changed a law regulating the size of semi-trucks and trailers after realizing that the law did not reflect regulations in other states and in Canada, according to Northwest MichiganÂ’s Second Wave.