U.S. government asks court to stay HOS decision

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The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the federal appeals court to stay its reversal of the new hours of service rule for another six months.

The department took the action on behalf of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, reports the American Trucking Associations.

The new rules, which took effect in January, were thrown out by the U.S. court of Appeals July 16, because they “failed to consider the impact of the rules on the health of drivers.”

The new rules expanded the time a driver can drive from 10 to 11 hours per day, but cut back on the number of hours a driver can be on duty from 15 to 14 hours per day and eliminated the driver’s ability to clock out during meals and fuel break, and during loading and unloading.

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