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                  Engage Your Employees!
                        How Motor Carriers Can Engage Their Employees
                 To Help Support Retention of the Current Hours of Service Rules



 Here are some simple steps you can follow to engage your employees in the campaign
 to retain the current Hours of Service Regulations. We’ve also provided some tools to
 help make it easy.

 Simple Steps
1. Draft a letter to your employees urging them to support the industry’s campaign to
   retain the current hours of service regulations (a sample letter is provided).
2. Provide employees with the Background and Talking Points document.
3. Provide employees with the template which they can use to write to DOT.
4. Collect completed letters from employees and mail them to DOT.


           Mailing label text for your use:

                          To:
                          Ms. Anne Ferro
                          Administrator
                          Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
                          Attn: Hours of Service of Drivers
                          Docket # FMCSA-2004-19608
                          1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
                          Washington, D.C. 20590
MANAGEMENT’S LETTER TO EMPLOYEES

               HELP US STOP DOT FROM CHANGING
              THE HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS!
Dear Associate:

Recently, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) proposed revisions to the hours of service regulations.
In short, this proposal calls for:

      A reduction in driving time to 10 hours per shift.

      Extending the current 34 hour restart period to include two periods from
       midnight to 6 a.m.

      Limiting use of restarts to once every 7 calendar days.

      Mandatory rest breaks once every 7 hours.

      Limiting drivers to 13 hours of on-duty time in each 14 hour shift.


Like me, you probably recognize that these changes – if implemented – will result
in a number of adverse consequences:

   1. A reduction in pay due to less wage-earning time each day;

   2. The need for additional, inexperienced, potentially unsafe drivers;

   3. Increased freight costs causing a devastating impact on a fragile US
      economy.

The trucking industry has organized a campaign calling on FMCSA to abandon
their plans to change the hours of service rules. But we need your help.

Using the attached template, please tell DOT what you think about their
proposed changes and why the current regulations should be retained. Our goal
is to get tens of thousands of truck drivers to write in urging DOT to abandon
their proposal. By law, DOT must read and consider each and every unique
letter. Your voice WILL be heard.

So take a moment to offer your thoughts on why you think changing the hours of
service rules is a very bad idea. Then, turn your letter into your supervisor. To
make it easy, we’ll even mail it for you.

Thanks for supporting this important campaign.

Sincerely,
               MESSAGE TO FMCSA ADMINISTRATOR FERRO…
  RETAIN THE CURRENT HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS!


From:


Date:


Re:     Hours of Service of Drivers
        Docket # FMCSA-2004-19608

Dear Administrator Ferro:

I am writing to express my concerns over the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration’s proposed rule on hours of service for truck drivers. My particular
concerns are as follows:




I urge you to retract this proposal and retain the current hours of service rules which
have been effective in striking the crucial balance between safety and productivity.

Thanks for the opportunity to offer my personal views on this matter.

Sincerely,



                       (Signed)
EMPLOYEE HANDOUT



                HELP US STOP DOT FROM CHANGING
               THE HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS!

Suggestions for what you might want to say in your letter to DOT (in your
own words, of course):

      Changing the hours of service regulations would be a very bad idea, for many
       reasons.

      A reduction in driving time and working hours will trigger a need for more
       inexperienced drivers. As a result, highway safety will surely suffer.

      The proposed changes will strike a blow to a struggling economy. Since the
       industry will have less capacity to haul freight, rates will rise substantially.

      Critical components of the nation’s distribution network will be disrupted. Existing
       routes and distribution centers have been designed around the current Hours of
       Service rules.

      Fewer driving and working hours amounts to a pay cut for truck drivers, at a time
       when drivers and their families are already struggling to make ends meet.



Why DOT is proposing to change the hours of service regulations:

Since the regulations were first revised in 2003, public interest groups have sued DOT
on several occasions claiming that the rules are unsafe. The most recent suit, brought
by two advocacy groups and the Teamsters union, was settled when the Obama
Administration agreed to consider possible revisions to the rules.

Naturally, these changes will have very profound negative impacts on safety and the
economy. To justify these impacts, DOT claims that shorter hours would equal better
health and longevity - the monetized valued of which would offset the substantial
negative impacts to productivity and the economy.
What has been the impact of the current hours of service regulations?

Since the current hours of service regulations were first made effective in 2004, truck
safety has improved dramatically. For instance, from 2004 to 2008

       The number of truck-involved crash fatalities has declined 16%

       The number of truck-involved crash injuries has declined 26%

       The reduction in truck-involved crash injuries over this period has been far
        greater than the reduction in car crash injuries.

Also, compliance with the regulations has improved. According to FMCSA’s website,
between 2006 and 2008:1

   The number of driving time violations decreased 22% and Out-of-Service (OOS)
    violations decreased 16%.
   The number of on-duty limit violations decreased 19% and OOS violations
    decreased 8%.
   The number of workweek limit violations decreased 8% and OOS violations
    decreased 9%.
   The number of 34-hour restart violations decreased 6% and OOS violations
    decreased 26%.




What would be the impact of changes to the current hours of service
regulations?

Safety will suffer - Any reduction in driving time will necessitate more inexperienced
drivers, who are more crash prone.

The roads will become more congested –since each driver’s capacity will be reduced,
trucking companies will have to put more trucks on the road to deliver the freight.

The economy will suffer – the trucking industry’s reduced capacity will translate into
higher shipping costs, further straining a fragile economy.




1 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Roadside Inspection Out-Of-Service Rates,” Analysis and
Information On-line, http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/ (2010).

				
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