Lowey, Price Statement on Department of Transportation’s Dangerous New Hours of Service Rule

May 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman David Price (NC-04), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) relaxation of the Hours of Service rules for truck drivers:

“Taken together, the changes outlined in this new rule will increase the amount of time that drivers remain on-duty and dangerously extend their workdays, jeopardizing the safety of truckers and the traveling public. Research shows that driver fatigue remains a significant risk factor in fatal truck crashes, which have increased for five consecutive years.

“This is simply the latest example of the Trump Administration prioritizing profits over public safety. Despite the Department of Transportation’s rhetoric, this rule will mean more tired truckers on the road and increased pressure to stay on-duty longer. If we want to support truckers and their critical work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government must ensure drivers are guaranteed adequate rest.”