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ACTION ALERT: Senate to Take up HOS Amendment Soon

The Hours of Service Coalition is urging you to act today.

Email your Senators today and urge them to support retaining Senator Collins’ Hours of Service Restart Study language in the FY 2015 T-HUD Appropriations bill and oppose any efforts to amend or eliminate it. To find their email address, please visit www.senate.gov

This week the full Senate will begin consideration of the FY 2015 T-HUD bill, which includes the Hours of Service Restart Study amendment sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).  This amendment was overwhelmingly approved in full committee by a bipartisan 21 to 9 vote.

During full Senate consideration this week an amendment is expected to be offered that would strike all or part of Collins' Hours of Service Restart Study language. This is why we need you to act today by calling or sending a letter to your Senators asking them to oppose any efforts to amend or eliminate Senator Collins’ language. 

Senator Collins’ amendment suspends for one year, two driver restart requirements included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service rules that became effective July 2013. These current rules require drivers to be off duty for at least 34-hours, provided that time-off includes consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods; and drivers are now required to wait 168 hours (i.e. one week) before being able to institute a restart.

Safety is the trucking industry’s highest priority.  While we do not oppose the majority of FMCSA’s hours of service rules, these two targeted restart provisions actually jeopardize safety while also reducing driver’s wages and unnecessarily burdening the nation’s economy.

Retaining Senator Collins’ Hours of Service Restart Study language will reduce the risks and other harm associated with the newly imposed restart restrictions while the rule’s benefits and true safety impacts are being properly evaluated.

We urge you to contact your Senators today.  Ask them to support retaining Senator Collins' Hours of Service Restart Study language in the FY 2015 T-HUD Appropriations bill and oppose any efforts to eliminate it.