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On Thursday, November 21, the House Small Business Committee, Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, will hold a hearing titled "Wrong Way: The Impact of FMCSA's Hours of Service Regulation on Small Businesses."  The purpose of the hearing, which will be chaired by Congressman Richard Hanna who recently introduced H.R.3413, will be to examine the direct and indirect economic and operational impact of the new HOS regulation on small businesses.
The hearing will provide a great opportunity to highlight the negative impact of the new HOS regulation and gain strong bipartisan support for H.R.3413, the TRUE Safety Act.  

WVTA sent a letter to Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (2nd - WV) asking her to sign on as a sponsor of this legislation, which she has done. Congressman Nick Rahall (3rd-WV) is a ranking member of this committee.  We encourage you to send a letter to him asking him to sign onto this legislation as well. 

Recently, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules.  

The changes to the Hours-of-Service rules implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) include provisions which limit use of the 34-hour restart and require a rest break before driving after 8 hours on-duty. 
Among the operational and economic impacts identified by ATRI are:

  • More than 80 percent of motor carriers surveyed have experienced a productivity loss since the new rules went into effect, with nearly half stating that they require more drivers to haul the same amount of freight.
  • Among commercial drivers surveyed by ATRI, 82.5 percent indicated that the new HOS rules have had a negative impact on their quality of life, with more than 66 percent indicating increased levels of fatigue.
  • Commercial drivers are forced to drive in more congested time periods, although the FMCSA Regulatory Impact Analysis did not address increased safety risks with truck traffic diversion to peak hour traffic.
  • The majority of drivers (67%) report decreases in pay since the rules took effect.
  • The impacts on driver wages for all over-the-road drivers total $1.6 billion to $3.9 billion in annualized loss.

ATRI’s analysis is based on industry survey data of over 2,300 commercial drivers and 400 motor carriers as well a detailed analysis of logbook data representing 40,000+ commercial drivers. 

A copy of this report is available from ATRI here.

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