Decision Exempts Shorthauls From Rest Break
A federal appeals court upheld most of the government’s hours-of-service rule for commercial drivers, seemingly closing the latest chapter in the long-running debate over the work rules that govern trucking operations.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Aug. 2 rejected arguments from American Trucking Associations against the new restrictions on the 34-hour restart provision under which drivers can reset their weekly clocks. The restart can be used once every seven days and must include two rest periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
The court also upheld the requirement that drivers take a half-hour break before driving eight consecutive hours and rejected arguments from advocacy group Public Citizen that the restart should be banned and that the driving day should be reduced to 10 hours from 11…
By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter for TT