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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

House subcommittee to put HOS rewrite under microscope

U.S. legislators will give the Department of Transport’s proposed new hours of service rule a closer look Wednesday.

The House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, will hold a session scrutinizing the DOT’s decision to change the HOS that has been in place since 2003, reported Truckinginfo.com.

The session is titled “The Price of Uncertainty: How Much Could DOT’s Proposed Billion Dollar Service Rule Cost Consumers This Holiday Season.”

The proposed rule – which many predict will include revisions to scale back driving time and require more overnight rest periods – is being reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Typically, the OMB takes 60 to 90 days to complete such reviews, but according to Transport Topics, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said this week that it expects to complete work on a final hours-of-service rule within the next 30 days.

The hearing is the most recent move by Republicans who oppose the changes on grounds that they represent unnecessary government regulation.

Several GOP legislators, including House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Va., have asked the administration to withdraw the pending rewrite and stick with the current rule.