An omnibus spending bill is to come up in congress this week and it is expected to have the Collins Amendment attached to it. The Collins amendment might be considered controversial for lawmakers but has many in the trucking industry fighting to include it.
The Collins Amendment
The Collins Amendment would eliminate the requirements that a truck operator’s hours restart include two 1am to 5am period.
It would suspend the once-per week limit of the use of the restart.
Require the FMCSA to provide stronger justifications to mandate restart provisions.
The Trucking Industry Rallies
The Collins amendment is being advocated by many trucking groups like the American Trucking Association (ATA), the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA), and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) to name a few. OOIDA added data from a membership survey that showed 46% of operators felt more fatigued after the new rule took effect and 65% are making less since the new rule. They are asking its members to send letters to their congressmen.
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