The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as represented by Anne Ferro on June 18, 2013 testified under oath before a congressional hearing that the new Hours of Service regulations are being pushed forward by her and the offices of the FMCSA to begin the enforcement of these proposed rules on July 1st, 2013. Anne Ferro on previous occasions had stated that these new rules were based on data that the FMCSA had in its possession. On June 18th, 2013 Anne Ferro testified under oath that in fact the data had not been received as of that date to either support or refute her opinion that these new rules were needed. Anne Ferro stated that the only methods that were used were a lab experiment that the FMCSA derived a theory from, the factual data had not been received. There is also concern as to the accuracy of the reports being presented by the FMCSA as opposed to data that was provided to them by several different sources from both the private and public sectors. As a professional driver I and the others affixing their signatures to this petition do not feel that new regulations should be put in place before the actual studies are completed to support those regulations, these proposed regulations present a detrimental impact to the lives of everyone involved in the transportation industry and present no real safety advancement. With those concerns in mind it is imperative that Congress take action to suspend the pending regulations until all studies have been completed and data has been returned. It is also asked that an investigation be initiated into the offices of the FMCSA as to its integrity and its implementation of using real world data prior to making new regulations instead of using assumption and theory.
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