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Proposed Trucking Hours Examined in House Hearing

Washington, DC
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee held a hearing today examining the Transportation Department’s proposed rule to limit truck driver drive times and how it will impact the trucking and food industry.

Witnesses included trucking business representatives, commercial retailers and the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The first panel of witnesses included truckers and retailers opposed to the regulation. Only Henry Jasny, Advocated for Highway and Auto Safety Vice President, was for the new regulation. 

Economic analyst Jesse David gave a report on the Transportation Department’s method for the new rules. He questioned many of the DOT’s assumptions and whether the new rule will result in the desired results.

The second panel was with Anne Ferro, administrator for the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. She outlines the Transportation’s Department reasoning behind the rule and the Administration’s position on the issue.

Opponents, including Chair of the Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Subcommittee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) say the proposal is an overreach of government regulations and would cost businesses too much money.

In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), President Obama said the rule could cost $1 billion per year. Proponents say it would increase the safety of truck drivers and those sharing the road.

Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2:02pm (ET)

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