Arkansas Trucking Association Praises Recent Hours-of-Service Fix
Arkansas Trucking Association is praising lawmakers for legislation passed by Congress Friday night and signed by the President early Saturday that will permanently restore preferable hours-of-service (HOS) provisions.
A success years in the making, the permanent fix to hours-of-service restart rules is the result of advocacy efforts from the Arkansas Trucking Association, American Trucking Associations and other industry stakeholders.
In 2013, HOS rules were updated to add stipulations for use of the 34 hour restart: a driver could only use it once every 168 hours, and the restart period had to include two overnight stretches between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
In 2014, those provisions were suspended by way of an industry-supported Congressional continuing appropriations act. Last December's FAST Act included a rider that would have made the suspensions permanent, but a drafting error put the entire 34 hour restart in jeopardy. That rider also included a stipulation that the Department of Transportation must show a statistically significant safety benefit from the restart provisions in order to reinstate them, which it has yet to do.
ATA considers this a significant victory in advocacy and safety, allowing drivers to rest when needed and avoid forcing traffic flow on the nation's highways during times of high traffic.