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December 27, 2011 - NAM's Jay Timmons issued statement regarding revised trucking hours of service rule released by Department of Transportation. In addition to commenting how said rule would negatively impact manufacturers' supply chains, distribution operations, and productivity, Timmons also noted how Administration conceded lack of evidence in support of specific proposed changes. Furthermore, Timmons commented how placing more trucks on road during peak driving times will fail to improve safety.

Trucking Hours Regulation Will Harm Supply Chains

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National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20004

Press release date: December 22, 2011

Rule Will Cause Delays for Manufacturers and Cost the Economy

Washington, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on the revised trucking hours of service rule released today by the Department of Transportation (DOT):

"Manufacturers rely heavily on motor carriers for transportation of materials for production and for the delivery of goods to customers. The final trucking hours of service rule will have a negative impact on manufacturers' supply chains, distribution operations and productivity. The Administration conceded that it lacked evidence to support many of the proposed changes and still moved forward with new requirements that will place more trucks on the road during peak driving times and will fail to improve safety.

Adding these new requirements on top of the already cumbersome regulatory burden facing manufacturers will cost jobs and increase the prices of consumer products. Manufacturers have built their logistical operations based on the current rules and have invested heavily in compliance since their implementation. To change these rules and limit the flexibility of manufacturers without sufficient reasoning is a mistake and will impede the ability of manufacturers to invest, grow and create jobs.

This regulation is another prime example of leaders in Washington creating additional uncertainty for the economy at a time when they should be focused on policies to help get Americans back to work."

-NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit
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