Maverick Transportation CEO Steve Williams Criticizes New Driving Rules

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 12:00 am  

Maverick Transportation

Williams, whose firm employs about 1,450 drivers, has concerns about the new regulation. He said that the current regulations regarding hours of service are sufficient, citing as evidence a 31 percent industrywide decrease in preventable collisions between 2004 and 2009.

Anne Ferro, who leads the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said she believes the new regulations could help continue to reduce the number of accidents. Williams’ assertion that accidents are decreasing is true, but Ferro countered that more can be done.

“He’s correct. That’s very positive news,” Ferro said. “It doesn’t stop us from wanting to get us to zero.”

Where Williams, the American Trucking Associations and others take exception to the rules drafted by Ferro and the FMCSA is an hours of service study section titled “The Purpose & Need for Regulatory Action.” It includes zero research or data supporting the need for the upcoming regulations.

“That speaks volumes,” Williams told the panel.

Williams estimated that the rule would have a significant impact on the industry. Firms will lose “operating flexibility and productivity,” he said. The rule will decrease productivity as much as 4 percent at a cost of between $500 million and $1.4 billion, he said.



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