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Sep 21, 2016

ZIKA & GOP vs. TRUCKERS' HOURS OF SERVICE * USA

* DC - Republicans want to use Zika Funding Bill to keep truckers on the road longer


(Photo: Add-on provision could let truckers work more than 80 hours a week)

--- Want to keep the government open? Want to fund the Zika response? The trucking industry and Republican allies in Congress say the price for that could be weakening rest rules for truck drivers, sources said... The industry is trying to latch onto the stopgap bill that Congress must pass this month to combat Zika and to fund the government until Dec. 9, hoping to slip in a provision that would permanently block a rest regulation for truck drivers that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tried to implement since 2013... The rule would ensure that drivers take off at least two nights a week and drive no more than 70 hours. It was enacted because research suggested the best, most restorative sleep happens at night, and because accidents jump dramatically when drivers are fatigued... The industry and many drivers believe this rule robs them of flexibility. Forcing drivers to sleep at night means they have to drive during the daytime, when there are more vehicles on the roads and more accidents, they argue... 
Washington, DC, USA - The Huffington Post, by Michael McAuliff - 20 Sept 2016

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