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NRA says transportation proposal could raise costs without improving safety

The National Restaurant Association last week filed comments with the Department of Transportation on the DOT's December proposal to set new hours-of-service limits for drivers of commercial motor vehicles. Among other changes, the DOT plan would restrict some night driving.

As American brace for higher gasoline and energy costs, the NRA said the proposed rule would increase delivery costs without improving highway safety. Current rules have been in effect since 2004 and have brought truck-related fatalities and injuries to their lowest levels in history even as trucking mileage increases. In our comments we urged the Transportation Department to keep the current regulatory framework.

Shifting more driving hours from night to day would put more trucks on highways during congested daylight hours, we noted. It would result in more day-time deliveries to restaurants at a time when more restaurants have moved to night-time delivery schedules for efficient unloading and so restaurant owners and managers can concentrate on their No. 1 priority during the day -- efficiently delivering good food to the consumer.

"Restaurants are often the last delivery point to the consumer in the foodservice supply chain ... Our members have been working closely with distributors and others in their supply chain to create the most efficient system possible based on the current framework." Read the NRA's comments.

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