Claiming new Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations could cause needless economic losses for companies, AMI has asked the agency to reconsider proposed measures aimed at reducing the number of fatigued truck drivers on the road.
regulations now being discussed by DOT include:
1) reducing the number of hours that truck
drivers can work by 50%; 2) changing the
definition of "on-duty" to include any activity
the driver is involved that requires mental or
physical exertion; and 3) requiring electronic
on-board recorders be installed on every truck.
AMI told DOT that while driver safety
is extremely important, "the proposed changes
surpass what is necessary to promote safe
driving of commercial truckers, and results in
unnecessary economic losses for companies and
truck drivers without benefiting public
To view a synopsis or copy
of the proposed rule, please visit the DOT’s
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s
web site at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hos/hos.htm.
AMI’s comments may be viewed at http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Other&NavMenuID=333&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=343
AMI Asks Department of Transportation to Re-think Proposed Hours Of Service RegulationsMonday, December 18, 2000