Higher costs, delays predicted with new trucking regulations

12/01/2011 03:37:00 PM
Tom Karst

The regulations would lengthen the time it takes fresh produce to reach consumers, which raises food safety concerns, Julie Manes, director of government relations for Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, said in comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration earlier this year.

“We believe the proposed Hours of Service rule under consideration does not pass the test of balancing public safety with economic well-being and should therefore be withdrawn,” Manes said.

Joe Rajkovacz, regulatory affairs specialist with the Grain Valley, Mo.-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said there are expectations that the final rule regarding hours of service will be issued by the end of December.


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Gary GARVIN    
VALENTINE NE  |  December, 02, 2011 at 12:41 PM

GOOD ARTICLE. MAYBE PEOPLE IN THE KNOW WILL START REALIZING THAT THE COUNTRY IS SHORT OF PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVERS.

Mark Taylor    
Mpls,Mn.  |  December, 08, 2011 at 02:00 PM

Shortage where I am looking for a job. I have my CDL-A. I did have to take some time off to help my wife with her depression & to keep her alive but, now I'm back & looking

Gary GARVIN    
VALENTINE NE  |  December, 02, 2011 at 12:45 PM

MAYBE PEOPLE WILL START REALIZING WITH ALL THESE ADDED REGULATIONS WHAT IT REALLY COSTS THE AVERAGE CONSUMER.

Michael Gennario    
Bullhead City AZ  |  December, 08, 2011 at 11:37 AM

What I see are a bunch of people who NEVER logged mile one behind the wheel listening to people who honestly have no clue about what this buisness is about. The orignal HOS rules were workable 10 driving 8 in the sleeper etc but then they screwed that up with the "new" HOS by doing away with the off duty rule Companies have their say Lobbyists have their say Shippers and Receivers have their say as do Brokers Congressmen etc etc etc ..My question is ..When the hell will they ever ask THE DRIVER yanno the guy who actually DOES the job for HIS/HER opinion ????When will ya'll wake up? when the country is sitting in the dark munching on a celery stalk cause that was all that made it to market?? This is a very good article Now let's see if anybody is really listening!!!!

Robert Pruitt    
Salt Lake City, UT  |  December, 10, 2011 at 08:34 AM

Gary you make a very good point. It is nice for people to sit back and make policy decisions, but the problem is they are listening to everyone but the one that actually does the work. The truckers know best about how the HOS rules are affecting them. While others may sit at a desk and crunch numbers for safety, etc, they SHOULD take input from the actual drivers, especially the OTR/long haul drivers. These are the primary movers of goods coast to coast. 1 hour of driving won't make a massive change, but it can add up if people are not careful. The problem is, though, the HOS only accounts for the actual time the truck is moving, not the pre-trip, the loading and unloading, etc. My biological father and little brother drove trucks and with over 50 years between them, they indicated that anyone can drive safely and effectively with the current HOS, problems occur when people try to go beyond what they are capable of and start doing things unsafely. While team drivers can cover more mileage during the same time than sole drivers, you still are going to run into issues with respect to the HOS if it is not balanced with the actual work that truck drivers do. These are the people that are the backbone of our economy, the distribution of goods and services and their input should be factored into any new regulations, especially as it is they that have to carry them out and the cost of them is going to translate into actual deliveries and costs to the consumer.

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