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AMI Asks Department of Transportation to Re-think Proposed Hours Of Service Regulations

Monday, December 18, 2000

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.

The 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 health.”

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

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