According to reports early this morning from AP, new hours of service rules will be put off for at least a year under negotations to resolve differences between Senate and House versions of transportation spending bills.
The Senate, in its version of the $30 billion transportation spending bill for fiscal year 2001,
barred funding for the Transportation Department to move ahead with the new rules -- a provision backed by ATA. There was no such provision in the House spending bill.
Sources told AP that the House and Senate agreed on a compromise in which comments and research on the new trucking hours rules can continue, but no final decision would be reached in fiscal 2001, which begins Oct. 1.
Details of the compromise could still change, as the conference committee is still meeting on reconciling the two bills. We'll have a full report on the compromise agreement as soon as it becomes official.