Safety groups, congressmen say new poll proves public doesn’t want truckers’ hours increased; ‘misleading’ says ATA

Safety advocacy groups, The Teamsters Union, a couple of Democratic congressmen and a research group today disclosed a new public opinion poll they said shows “dramatically” and overwhelmingly that the general public would be opposed to truckers being able to increase their work week from 70 to 82 hours.

GetNewsPhoto.ashxIn a news conference call open to the media the groups contended that a “rider” amendment by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in a Transportation, Housing and Urban Development or THUD appropriations bill (S. 2438) which would nullify the 34-hour restart provision in the current Hours of Service law until a comprehensive study on it is completed, would allow truckers to essentially be able to drive 82 hours in a work week.

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