Appeals Court Upholds Most of Hours of Service Rules; Rejects 30-Minute Rest Requirement

Despite challenges from the American Trucking Associations and The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and the Truck Safety Coalition, on Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new transportation laws regarding federal hours of service rules. However, they did reject a 30-minute rest requirement for short-haul truck drivers.

According to the FMCSA, the new work rules will prevent 1,400 crashes, 560 injuries and 19 deaths a year. The trucking industry will also save $280 million from fewer large truck crashes as well as $470 million from the reduced fatigue and improved health of its drivers.

To learn more about the decision and new regulations, click here.

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