Hanna seeking to delay new trucking rule

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Many lawmakers are trying to get bills passed before the end of the year, but U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, is trying to delay one.

Hanna says a new trucking rule that was imposed over the summer does more harm than good. And he has the backing of 53 other members of Congress to do something about it.

The rule limits how many hours drivers can spend on the road. It sounds good on paper, but the safety director of a local trucking company says the new rules cause more congestion during peak morning travel, which isn't safe.

"They're requiring drivers to be off 34 hours minimum," said Brian Brundige, safety director at Terpening. "(Truckers) are going out after 5 in the morning, which starts your rush hour traffic. And the concerns are having those trucks on the road in those key hours increases a trucking company's liability."

Hann's goal is to delay the rules until an independent assessment is complete. The congressman went on to stay that not only is the new rule not safe, it also hurts businesses that rely on timely deliveries. 

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