51 U.S. Representatives Send Letter To Foxx Expression Concerns Over New HOS Rules

US House of Reps According to Politico, fifty-one United States House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation,  Anthony Foxx, to express their concerns over the new hours-of-service rules.

In the letter, the representatives question the FMCSA’s decision to implement the hours-of-service rules before a “statistically-valid field study” was complete.  Map-21 required the study to be complete by March 31, 2012.  To date, the study has not been completed, yet the rules that went into effect on July 1 and are expected to have a tremendous impact on the trucking industry and the consumer.

“These regulations, which strictly limit the use of the 34-hour restart provisions and mandate inflexible rest periods, greatly decrease driver flexibility and rise the costs for the already over-burdened trucking industry,” the letter states.

The representatives estimate that the new HOS rules will cost the industry up to $376 million annually. “Unfortunately, these additional costs will be passed onto our nation’s consumer.”

The representatives have asked the FMCSA to provide a date when the field study will be completed and sent to congress. “It is imperative that the rules governing the commercial trucking industry be backed by statistically-valued and data-driven studies that are fully completed and analyzed.”

“The commercial trucking industry is a pillar of the US economy and small, medium and large businesses across America depend on the on-time, cost-efficient and safe transport of finished products and raw materials each day.  It is imperative that the rules governing the trucking industry be backed by factual, statistically-valid and data-driven studies that are fully completed and analyzed before proposed rules come into effect,” the letter concludes.

The letter was written on August 29.  The representatives have requested a response from Foxx by September 12.

The following US Representatives signed the letter:

  • Richard Hanna
  • Tom Rice
  • Trey Radel
  • Todd Rokita
  • James Lankford
  • Howard Coble
  • Rick Crawford
  • Larry Bucshon
  • Reid Ribble
  • Markwayne Mullin
  • Bob Latta
  • Marsha Blackburn
  • Tim Walberg
  • Lee Terry
  • Phil Rol
  • Bill Huizenga
  • John J. Davis Jr.
  • Duncan Hunter
  • Sam Graves
  • Steve Stivers
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer
  • Scott Perry
  • Adam Kinzinger
  • Tom Cotton
  • Billy Long
  • Kristi Noem
  • Dennis Ross
  • Ted Poe
  • Glenn Thompson
  • Keith Rothfus
  • Roger Williams
  • Aaron Schock
  • Tim Huelskamp
  • Jim Sensenbrenner
  • Steve Womack
  • Ted Yoho
  • Paul Gosar
  • Chris Collins
  • Lou Barletta
  • Sean Duffy
  • Andy Barr
  • Rodney Davis
  • Mike Michaud
  • Mike Pompeo
  • Chris Gibson
  • Steve Daines
  • Dan Benishek