American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves issued a statement calling on policymakers to reject a recently released push poll on the important truck safety issue of hours-of-service.
"The results of a misleading push poll should not be taken into consideration when crafting public policy - good data and research should be.
Unfortunately, FMCSA did not have such information - such as the impact the rules would have on increased daytime truck traffic and the corresponding elevated crash risk - when they drafted them," Graves
also cited a recent Public Opinion Strategies poll of 800 registered voters who were asked: "Would you prefer that trucks generally operate at night between midnight and 5am, or during late morning and mid-day hours?"
"This legitimate poll, in addition to finding that most Americans rightly believe that professional truck drivers are the safest drivers on the road - a point even conceded by our critics - found that Americans would prefer trucks operate at the time of day now restricted by FMCSA's recent rule changes by a 67-24 margin," he