The latest changes to the truck driver hours of service rules are being challenged by a congressman from New York. Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican who represents the mid-state 22nd district, is expected to introduce an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill that would block changes to the HOS rules that took effect July 1 from being “implemented, administered or enforced.”
According to Politico (subscription required), Hanna’s amendment would block the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from using appropriated funds to implement or enforce the latest version of the rules, in effect turning back the HOS regulatory clock to June 30 and the previous rules, which did not include a mandatory daily 30-minute break and had a less restrictive restart provision for truck drivers ending their work weeks.
[Use this interactive restart clock to learn how the new rules could add up to 17 hours to a trucker’s restart period.]
The amendment, which is expected to be introduced and debated July 31, follows a June hearing on the HOS changes held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Several Republican members of the committee were harshly critical of the new rules at the hearing.
Hanna’s THUD amendment faces many hurdles. Even if it is approved by the House, it could be shot down by a House-Senate conference committee.
But Hanna’s approach — denying the use of funds to implement or pursue regulation — has been used by Congress before to quash hours of service changes. Republicans used a similar tactic to defeat a Clinton administration HOS proposal more than a decade ago. That impasse set the stage for the 11-hour rule released by the Bush administration in 2003.