Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Truckers: Obama/LaHood rules will hurt the economy further

The American Truckers Association response to the Obama/TheHood proposal to revise hours-of-service:
The Obama Administration's proposal is "overly complex, chock full of unnecessary restrictions on professional truck drivers and, at its core, would substantially reduce trucking's productivity," commented Bill Graves, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations...
"When viewed against trucking's sterling safety record," said Graves, "it's plain that the Obama Administration's willingness to break something that's not broken likely has everything to do with politics and little or nothing to do with highway safety or driver health."...
The changes proposed today "will be enormously expensive for trucking and the economy," said ATA's Graves. FMCSA estimated, just two years ago, costs of over $2.2 billion if the daily drive time was reduced by 1 hour and the restart provision was significantly changed. In fact, FMCSA had concluded that "eliminating the 11th hour is unlikely to be cost effective under any reasonable set of circumstances." "This proposal includes even more restrictions than what FMCSA previously considered," said Graves.
It's doubtful that the President or TheHood appreciate the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic:

The only time he feels right is when he's rollin'
He's got roadmaps in his hand
Lord, drivin' just as hard as he can
Trying to dodge them scales and the man
Well I'm talkin' about
Truck drivin' man

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