Posted on 15 Jun, 2015
Categories: Trucking News
Trucking HOS rules are up in the air again. Drivers were finally cut some slack back in December when the most unpopular part of the 2013 hours-of-service bill was rolled back, namely the part that required a driver’s 34-hour restart include two periods between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM.
A DOT funding bill that would make the rollback permanent cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by 6 votes earlier this month, but it’s still got a couple of big hurdles.
For one, it's still got to pass in the Senate. And even if it does that, there's worry that the President Obama might veto the bill.
All this is happening after a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute that said that the stricter HOS rules made roads less safe. The restart rule was meant to force truckers to drive less at night with the idea that drivers would be less tired, but more trucks on the road during peak traffic hours led to more crashes.
Motor carrier accidents increased in 2013 and 2014, when the new HOS rules were in place. Crash numbers from FMCSA.
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If the current bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the President, it would also block the FMCSA from increasing the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers are required to have. The FMCSA had plans to raise the current minimum of $750,000 for general freight to anywhere from $1.6 million to $3.2 million.