The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a new proposal regarding hours-of-service for commercial drivers, and the response from the highway construction industry was mutual: groups need to be redefined. The rules identify five types of operators: long haul, regional, local split shift, local pickup/delivery, and primary work not driving. Construction workers will most likely fall into the final two categories. The proposal also would require all drivers to be on a 24-hour cycle, working no more than 12 hours during that span. Jay Hansen, vice president, government affairs for the National Asphalt Pavement Association, does not see the fairness of associating highway construction people with the 24-hour cycle. Most road projects have to be completed in a short time span when weather conditions are ideal. Hours might be piled on during the summer, but business is stagnant in the winter. Other sticking points of the draft include the following: time spent unloading and loading is considered on-duty; each operator must have the equivalent of a weekend off each week; and if a carrier interrupts the operator's off-duty time, the clock on the off-duty time restarts.

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  • Publication Date: 2000-6


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  • Accession Number: 00795725
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2000 12:00AM