Santa Barbara, CA- New provisions attached to an appropriations bill that will likely pass Congress will weaken trucking safety regulations intended to keep fatigued drivers off of the road. Even with truck accidents on the rise, the trucking industry is easily getting their way with safety regulations, but how are they doing it?
Michael MCAuliff, a Congressional reporter, wrote in the Huffington Post that it has been a trend for trucking companies to lobby lawmakers over the past three years and urge them to add regulatory rollbacks in must-pass budget bills. By attaching these reversals of trucking safety regulations onto appropriations bills, the trucking industry can get their way because funding bills are necessary to avoid government shutdowns, leaving legislators with no choice but to compromise the safety of all motorists.
McAuliff reports that a Senate a provision attached to a bill to fund Department of Transportation, the Veterans Administration and the effort to fight the Zika virus would allow truck drivers 73 hours of drive time each week with not required rest periods. An appropriations bill in the House would reverse the same rule and is tied to transportation and housing appropriations bills.
“There’s not been any congressional hearings on any of these proposals,” Jackie Gillian, the president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety told the Huffington Post. “The trucking industry doesn’t want to have hearings,” Gillian said, adding, “They don’t want to hear from victims.”
The White House was also critical of the legislation issuing a veto threat because of the change in restart rules, but the bill is likely to pass because of what it funds.
The trucking industry has pushed back against hours-of-service rules, stating there is no evidence that restart rules prevent accidents.The trucking industry has been able to change safety rules with little scrutiny by adding riders to budget bills that must pass to avoid a federal shutdown.
Fatigued driving is an important issue in the trucking industry and causes numerous fatal and injurious accident. If you were hurt by a fatigued truck driver or a loved one was killed, USAttorneys recommends you speak with an attorney immediately. It is disappointing that Congress is failing truck accident victims and motorists by allowing trucking companies to make their own rules.
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