Under the new rules, a driver's "on duty" hours now include any time he/she spends waiting to load and unload shipments. As a result, driver "free time" is now eliminated and carriers are charging for this time in addition to freight charges. These new regulations are expected to contribute to a reduction in truck capacity in all markets. Drivers will demand higher wages and carriers will, in turn, increase driver pay to help reduce the driver turnover rate within the trucking industry.
Congressman John Boozman (R-AR) has proposed an amendment to these rules that would do two things:
1) Allow short-haul operators to go back to the old rule, and
2) Provided limited flexibility to all operators under the new rule.
On behalf of ASA members, President Mark Theis wrote a letter to the members of the House Transportation Committee, urging them to support Congressman Boozman's amendment.
Likewise, an email and fax broadcast to ASA members last month urged them to each contact their Congressional representatives to support the measure.
To view a copy of ASA's letter, visit http://www.asa.net/docs/HOS_Letter.pdf. If you have questions or would like more information, contact ASA's legislative advocate, Pat O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-223-6222.