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Changes are Sought in Hours of Service Rules

The ILWA – The Association for Logistics Outsourcing ( asked Congress to change the rule that reduced on-duty time for truck drivers to 14 hours, from 15, per shift. The Association noted that the regulation places an unfair burden on short haul trucking companies.

“This on-duty limit gives no consideration as to how much of the time an operator may actually spend in non-driving activities,” notes Association president and CEO, Joel Hoiland. “By its very nature, a larger proportion of a short-haul driver’s time is spent waiting for loads to be taken on or off the truck.”

The ILWA advocates a reversion to old Hours of Service rules for short-haul truckers. Under the old rules, non-driving activities were not counted as on-duty time.

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