AGC Working to Fix the Hours of Service Rule

We Need your Help: Contact your Representative
AGC is working in support of the HOURS Act, which would expand the logging exemption for short haul drivers from 100 to 150 miles, expand the on-duty time to 14 hours and eliminate the 30-minute rest requirement. Certain paperwork requirements would also be eased and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) would be encouraged to move expeditiously to finalize a rule on the use of sleeper berth to meet off-duty provisions. AGC is urging members to contact their Congressional representative through AGC’s Legislative Action Center.
AGC maintains that construction industry truck drivers were never intended to be covered by FMCSA’s hours of service (HOS) restrictions, which were originally aimed at long-haul, cross-country drivers. However, many construction drivers are impacted. The problem has become more pronounced as a result of the recent requirement that drivers must use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to record their on-duty times.
While a variety of exemptions have been granted to segments of the construction industry – such as asphalt and ready mix delivery and certain trucks used in paving operations – these are limited and cause confusion. AGC will continue to work for a broader construction industry exemption but supports this legislation as a first step to freeing a vast number of construction drivers from hours-of-service logging requirements.
For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319.


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