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Who hasn't which had mandatory rest periods on the job.
But the trucking industry.
Not happy about some new regulations.
That will force drivers to increase their rest periods and reduce their time behind the wheel new rules go into effect on Monday.
This is bill -- CEO and president the American trucking association bills also former governor of Kansas.
They'll welcome -- you.
Thanks happy Friday -- happy Friday -- so.
The ATA is opposed to these rules we understand it's fewer hours but again as we -- in -- introduction most workers would welcome back in less than means fewer wages to.
Yeah and it and it can contribute if -- wages and what were concerned about is his first of all we have we never believe that there's a cost benefit.
Analysis that makes any sense on these new rules we support about 90% of what the rule says but we challenged.
The federal motor carrier safety administration on a couple of you might say finer points that have to do with what's called the restart provision and a thirty minute mandatory rest break.
The rule goes into effect on Monday so at this point to DC circuit.
Hasn't issued a ruling so were up were prepared to comply with the new rules.
Appear prepared to comply said then.
Do you at all agree that this could increase safety for the truck drivers but frankly for the other cars that might be on the -- at the same time.
Well -- we don't expect it's going to have.
Incremental benefit in terms of safety that the rule that were operating under.
Has has proven to be much much safer since it went into effect back in 2003.
What this is going to do is it's gonna put additional strain on our capacity.
The ability of a driver to get is is his time reset so we can get back out on the road essentially says.
To drivers across the nation with the government's gonna force you all to rest -- by by telling you have to take more time off and as you and I both know.
Not everybody necessarily goes to bed and rest when they have a few extra minute in their day.
Right that's exactly exactly the point.
What fascinates me is the worker shortage to shortage of drivers 30000 -- reduced hours estimates are calling for an additional 100000.
Drivers will be needed -- those figures correct and why is there a shortage of drivers with unemployment still stubbornly high.
Well there's a couple factors here where I mean first of all references in this rule we expect -- to be a loss of productivity because we simply.
Can't have these people behind the wheel and out on the road as much as they otherwise would be so somebody else has to be there filling in those gaps so that's gonna take additional.
A driver recruitment and training and people out on the road second of all trucking is a very tough business and it's just difficult to get people to want to.
You -- live that kind of lifestyle and and and put up with the trials and tribulations of living their lives out on the nation's highways.
So and there's competition is -- as the housing market starts to come back a little bit that's generally -- an industry we compete with.
For people to serve as drivers and our industry so -- out and and simply freight volumes are gonna grow the economy will grow and we're gonna need more trucks on the nation's highways.
So therefore we need more drivers.
Yes the economy.
Well I should say that trucking industry to freight -- forecast as you put it the US freight forecasts through 2024.
Is expected to increase some 20%.
What's driving that.
Literally well I mean that is if there's you know there's more of us there's more people are population continues to grow we obviously expect -- while not real soon we expect some economic rebound.
And and truck is essentially idea.
The most flexible mode of a freight transportation and trains have limitations the railroad tracks they operate on anything that moves by by water has limitations.
Trucks can go everywhere and so we expect between.
Were predicting an increase in in freight volumes in this country from about.
Third fourteen billion tons of freight to about seventeen billion tons and that's just a lot of product that ST get moved.
And governor -- do you agree that's a signal that the economy -- Bump up here at least be -- one point 8% growth rate that we -- just downgraded to earlier this week the first quarter.
Well I mean our our economists basically believe that we're gonna muddle through 2013 but we have we have high expectations and as I said we know the housing starting to come back.
-- seen a lot of heavy freight being moved to support the fracking.
The natural gas industry which of course has positive.
Positive implications for in in many ways for our for the United States so yeah were.
We're really bullish on the US economy and and quite frankly again as as our population grows we're gonna simply have to move more product produce more product in this country.
And hopefully find more -- export US product.
Governor bill great thanks for your time appreciate learning a little bit of actual industry today thanks to have a great weekend he can't.
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