Citizen, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, and Parents Against
Tired Truckers are challenging new hours-of-service regulations
covering the number of hours truckers drive.
a petition filed earlier this month in the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia, the groups asked the court to review
the final hours-of-service rule issued April 16 by the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration. They want to overturn the HOS regulation,
due to take effect Jan. 4, arguing that it will lead to more highway
new rule permits a 14-hour workday with up to 11 hours of consecutive
driving. Previously, truckers could drive no more than 10 consecutive
hours. Also, truckers now can be compelled to drive up to 77 hours
in seven days, or 88 hours in eight days. Overall, the new rule
increases truckers' driving hours by more than 20 percent, the groups
to a joint press release from the three advocacy groups, FMCSA did
this despite the fact that research shows that increasing the length
of time a worker must spend performing certain tasks correspondingly
reduces alertness and performance, and leads to an increased risk
of driver error.
new rule is a formula for more truck crashes, more deaths and more
injuries," said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen
and former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration. "This rule works truckers harder than ever.
It also violates the mission of FMCSA, which is safety."