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ATA: Truckers Do Not Use Weekly Hour Allotment

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 @ 03:45 AM

Truckers typically do not use their weekly allotment of on-duty hours, according to the American Trucking Associations.

Boyd Stephenson, manager of safety and security operations at the American Trucking Association, said the agency used two separate research projects to come up with its finding that truckers do not come close to using the weekly hours allotment."ATA requested that RAIR calculate the total on-duty time for each seven, calendar-day period, not each new period begining with a 34-hour restart as the rule permits," Stephenson wrote, in a letter to Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations division cheif of driver and carrier operations Tom Yager. "As you will see, drivers averaged 43.6 hours in each seven calendar-day period."

The ATA slso surveyed six association members and obtained results relating to 149 randomly-selected drivers for April 2010. Researchers determined how many hours a driver had been on-duty in any eight day period. "As you will see, these drivers averaged 57.5 hours in every eight day period," Stephenson wrote.

Responsed ranged from 32.5 hours to 75.5 hours on-duty, according to Stephenson.

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