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Hanna Criticizes New Trucking Safety Rules

Congressman Richard Hanna wants to roll back new trucking safety rules that he says are having the opposite affect.
Congressman Richard Hanna wants to roll back new trucking safety rules that he says are having the opposite affect.

Hanna is objecting to Hours of Service regulations imposed back in July by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It requires that long-haul truckers mandated 34 hours off between driving shifts include two consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods. And it calls for drivers to take a half hour break after every eight hours behind the wheel.

Brian Brundige, Safety Director for Terpening Trucking of Syracuse, says the rules force them to hire more drivers to cover the down time.

"Our own increase has been about 3.5 to 4% of additional staffing. So, you're putting more inexperienced drivers out there, which increases your liability as a company," said Brundige.

Brundige and other trucking executives say the rules also force drivers off the road during safer overnight driving traffic and instead add to the unsafe congestion on highways between 6 and 10 a.m. Hanna says drivers and trucking owners already have a built-in incentive to avoid fatigue and resulting accidents.

"This is an example of something that happens over and over in government: overreach, over-regulation, a philosophy in search of a rule, and a rule that isn't necessary," said Hanna.

Hanna has co-sponsored a bi-partisan bill that would bring back the former Hours of Service rules and mandate that no new changes be made until after an independent study by the Government Accountability Office.
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