posted on April 03, 2014 17:30
Two senior Transportation Committee Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster and highways panel Chairman Tom Petri, have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review two studies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cited to make its case for a controversial rule that limits how much drivers can work and when they must take breaks.
The Shuster-Petri letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, who leads the government watchdog agency, calls for the GAO to review both a recent FMCSA study on the rule and its “Regulatory Impact Analysis” that is a part of major rulemakings.
“Because it is important that federal regulations be based on full and fair scientific research, proper data and analyses, and operational testing, we request the GAO evaluate these studies,” the pair wrote. The new rules, which limit a trucker’s workweek to 70 hours and require 34 hours off-duty to restart a driver’s weekly limits, have come under heavy fire from Republicans since taking effect last year.