to a lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Transportation has agreed to
dates by which it must issue truck rules covering hours-of-service,
truckdriver training, background checks and hazardous materials
said it would issue the rules within the next year and a half, beginning
with a rule on drivers’ hours-of-service to be issued May 31, 2003.
Other rules relate to issues such as hazardous materials, background
checks for drivers and training requirements for multitrailer rigs.
DOT fails to meet any of the deadlines, the groups that brought
the suit will be able to go to court to enforce the deadlines.
advocates filed suit in November 2002 in the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia because the DOT had missed deadlines
set by Congress to address safety issues by as much as 10 years.
The groups who sued are Public Citizen, Citizens for Reliable and
Safe Highways, Parents Against Tired Truckers and Teamsters for
a Democratic Union.
the agreement, the DOT has agreed to issue final rules pertaining
fatigue and required rest periods, hours-of-service and other
fatigue-related issues. The DOT has agreed to issue this rule
no later than May 31, 2003.
- Minimum training
standards for entry-level drivers of commercial motor vehicles.
DOT has promised to issue a final rule by May 31, 2004.
training requirements for drivers of longer-combination vehicles
(multitrailer rigs). DOT said it would issue a rule no later than
March 30, 2004.
for authorization to transport hazardous materials. The agency
has promised to issue this rule by June 30, 2004.
checks for new commercial drivers, including what information
prospective employers are required to obtain and what information
prior employers are required to provide. DOT has agreed to issue
the rule no later than March 30, 2004.