WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a surprise move, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has agreed to revisit US hours-of-service rules, apparently succumbing to pressure from special interest groups that have repeatedly challenged the current rules that have been in place since 2004.
The FMCSA has agreed to review the current rules and perhaps even rewrite them from scratch. Teamsters, one of the groups opposed to the current hours-of-service regulations, applauded the move today.
“We will continue to push for a rule that protects truck drivers, instead of the greed of the trucking industry,” Teamsters president Jim Hoffa said in a release. “Longer hours behind the wheel are dangerous for our members and the driving public…It’s time for FMCSA to do what Congress has told it to do all along -protect drivers’ health and safety.”
The Teamsters and other groups including Public Citizen, opposed the move from 10 hours of driving per day to 11. However, until now the FMCSA has successfully staved off challenges to the law, thanks in part to evidence truck safety was improving since the current laws went into effect.
Now, FMCSA has agreed to revisit its HoS rules and will take up to 21 months before posting a final rule. Stay tuned for industry reaction.
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