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House panel to hold hearing on new HOS rules on Tuesday

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro is among the those invited to testify at a hearing next Tuesday on the new HOS rules. (Associated Press)

The Trucker News Services

6/13/2013

WASHINGTON – The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday on the new Hours of Service regulations.

Two new provisions become effective July 1 and will have significant impacts on the property-carrying commercial motor vehicle industry, a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announcement about the hearing said.

Those provisions include new restrictions on the 34-hour restart rule and a required 30- minute taken no later than eight hours after going on duty.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Room  2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Invited witnesses include:

• Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator

• Mark Savage, president of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

• Joan Claybrook, consumer co-chair, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

• Steve Williams, chairman & CEO of Maverick USA, who will appear on behalf of the American Trucking Associations

• Edward Stocklin, president, Stocklin Trucking, on behalf of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

• Dean Hinkle, transportation manager, Chandler Concrete Co., on behalf of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis.

A spokesperson for the committee said it was likely the hearing would still be held whether or not the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturns the new rule when it issues opinions Friday or the day of the hearing.

Both trucking interests and safety advocates are unhappy with the new rule filed petitions asking for the court review.

The court held oral arguments on the petitions March 15, but has not released its opinion as of today.

A webcast of the hearing will be available at the committee’s website.

Click here to see the hearing.

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