Oversight of Motor Carrier Safety Efforts, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, April 28, 2010   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of: Frank Lautenberg: "Since 2000, the number of large trucks on our highways has increased by more than a million newly registered vehicles. As more trucks clog our highways, we have to make sure that they are safe. Double- and triple-trailer trucks do not belong on our highways. Yet, a loophole in our laws allows them to endanger the public. We need to close that loophole and block these long, overweight trucks from using our national highway system. But we also need to make sure that truck drivers are alert and driving safely. While the Department of Transportation has taken some steps recently to increase safety, including moving to ban texting while driving, we need to do more. It is essential that we take the danger posed by tired truck drivers seriously. In the last Congress, we brought to light the flaws in hours-of-service regulations that were imposed by the Bush administration. Those regulations allow drivers of large trucks to remain behind the wheel nearly 30 percent longer each week, pushing them to the brink of fatigue. These regulations were so egregious that the court struck them down not once but twice. The Obama Administration has made the right move by initiating a new rulemaking on driver hours. But I want to be clear. When this process is over, we cannot wind up with the same flawed regulations that the last Administration designed. And I do not mean that as a political statement. I am simply saying that we have got to improve safety on our roads." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank R. Lautenberg, John Thune, Claire McCaskill, Anne S. Ferro, Deborah A.P. Hersman, Francis France, Jacqueline S. Gillan, David J. Osiecki, Todd Spencer, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mark Pryor, and Tom Udall.

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S. Hrg. 111-892; Senate Hearing 111-892
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