The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is asking for an exemption from a proposed rule that would lower from 11 to 10 the number of of hours a trucker can be on the road. The proposed rule is based on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s contention that reducing the number of hours driven will save billions in health-care costs and lessen road accidents. Robert Garbini, president and chief executive officer of the NRMCA, explains that the main reason for seeking exemption is the fact that concrete, once it is mixed, begins to set, and construction schedules are unpredictable. In addition, most mixer drivers work near their plants and do not drive continuously during the day.
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