House Transportation Committee Asks For Delay in Implementing New Trucking Safety Rules

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 26-Mar-2013

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to delay implementation of a new set of rules designed to cut down on fatigue among commercial truck and bus drivers. The request, signed by members of both political parties, mirrors one sent in January by the American Trucking Association (ATA). While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) turned down the ATA’s request, it has not yet responded to the House Transportation Committee’s request.

The rule in question changes several of the Hours of Service (HOS) rules currently imposed on commercial truck and bus drivers. It shortens the total amount of time truck drivers can be on the road each week by requiring drivers to take a 34-hour off-duty period once every seven days. This period must also cover at least two time periods between 1 am and 5 am, and drivers are strongly encouraged to sleep during those times. In addition, the rule requires drivers to take a 30-minute break after 8 consecutive hours behind the wheel.

The delay in implementation was requested because the new rules are currently the subject of litigation in the D.C. Circuit Court. The content of the new rule or how it can be implemented may change based on the court’s decision. Therefore, the House committee asked the FMCSA to put off implementing the rule until after the court has ruled in the case before it.

Truck driver fatigue is a major cause of truck crashes. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the focused San Jose truck accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help. Call us today at (800) 900-0863 for a free and confidential consultation.

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