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    Default Hoffa: New DOT Report Fails to Recognize Benefit of Well-Rested Truckers

    (WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on a new Department of Transportation (DOT) report that states truck drivers experienced no net benefits from expanded rest breaks put in place by the Obama administration under revised hours-of-service (HOS) rules.

    “The DOT inspector general signed off on a study which had been rigged by the trucking industry from the start. Their friends in Congress attached a rider to a spending bill which dictated the parameters of the study in order to ensure its outcome. DOT had to reach a very high evidentiary bar while examining limited data, and in turn came to a conclusion which runs counter to what Teamsters and common sense knows to be true, that more rest for drivers means greater safety.
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/03/ho...ested-truckers

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    Default Re: Hoffa: New DOT Report Fails to Recognize Benefit of Well-Rested Truckers

    Really beginning to wonder if anything passed during the Obama Administration will be left intact!

    Congress Jeopardizes Motorists’ Lives
    The release of a document this week that would halt the implementation of hours of service (HOS) rules originally approved during the Obama administration would reduce rest break requirements for truckers. The study, rigged by the trucking industry, examined little data and runs contrary to what the Teamsters and common sense indicates – more rest by drivers spells safer behavior on the roads.

    “The rollback of these rules is short-sighted and one that could jeopardize the lives of Americans traveling on the nation’s thoroughfares,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “Truckers, like most of us, do their job better when they get proper rest.”

    That was more likely under the HOS rules originally approved in 2013 that required drivers to take two night-time breaks during a 34-hour period and only use their restart once a week. But lawmakers continued the process of pushing drivers to the limit by continuing the suspension of these rules as part of the approval of a budget continuing resolution last December.

    The lack of rest is likely to negatively impact highway safety at a time when statistics find the nation’s roads are increasingly dangerous. A new report by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety stated that 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, up 7.2 percent from the previous year. The hike represented the largest increase in roadway deaths in almost 50 years.
    https://teamster.org/blog/2017/03/co...otorists-lives

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    Default Re: Hoffa: New DOT Report Fails to Recognize Benefit of Well-Rested Truckers

    This whole thing over hours of service is way overblown.. The 34 hour reset thing IMO is a joke.. Sure it makes it so the driver has his time off but it is up to the driver to get his rest when he needs it.. When I was on the road I always stopped when I was tired,drove when I wasn't.. Personally I think the pressure from shippers to get their loads to that appointed time is the problem today.. When I was still working I had a CB in the car and would frequently hear guys in the morning asking how many hours to Boston or somewhere in Maine.. Then they would say they have been driving all night and "HAD" to make that appointed time or they would be fined by the shipper.. {money deducted from the load}..
    As far as the 34 hour reset goes or even the 60 hours in 70 thing,how does one figure out if I am going to be tired on Monday because I worked 14 hours on last Monday.. Do they need a new system?? Absolutely but the one they use now is not the answer.. Maybe put EVERYONE on the clock..

 

 

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