Public Citizen and others ask court to review HOS

| 2/28/2006

This week several safety groups and the Teamsters asked a federal court to review the hours-of-service regs issued in August 2005.

Public Citizen, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Trauma Foundation, and the Teamsters had jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this past September to reconsider its hours-of-service rule.

After waiting five months without an answer from FMCSA, the groups withdrew their petition from FMCSA and took the matter to the courts. Monday, Feb. 27, they filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a review of the HOS rule issued August 25, 2005, by FMCSA.

Three of the groups – Public Citizen, CRASH and PATT – successfully sued the government over the rule in 2003.

The groups’ request this week for the court to review the HOS rule is a separate action from the legal challenge that OOIDA has filed with the same appeals court in Washington, DC. The OOIDA challenge specifically mentions the 14-hour on-duty clock and split sleeper-berth provisions.

Four groups have joined OOIDA in that separate challenge. Those groups are the Teamsters, the Truckload Carrier’s Association and the Ohio and California Trucking Associations.