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    HOURS OF SERVICE / FATIGUE

CRASH and P.A.T.T. win Court Ruling -- new hours-of-service BLOCKED -- but remain in place until new FMCSA ruling

Court Ruling to Block Truckers’ “Hours of Service” Rule is Sweeping Victory for Highway Safety

"July 16, 2004

Washington, D.C. – In a major victory for the safety of motorists and truck drivers, a federal court on July 16, 2004 unanimously struck down a Bush administration regulation that increased both the consecutive hours and the weekly hours that truck drivers are permitted to drive without rest.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) failed to consider the effect of the new rules on the health of truck drivers – as it is required to do under law. The three-judge panel also expressed grave doubt that any challenged aspects to the agency’s regulation could survive scrutiny. The court ordered the agency to revise its regulation in a manner consistent with the court’s opinion.

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The court’s decision vacates the new trucking regulation in its entirety, sending FMCSA back to the drawing board to issue a new rule that complies with statutory mandates and is supported by research demonstrating both the limits on the number of hours that truck drivers can drive safely without rest and the need for drivers to obtain sleep of sufficient length and quality."

To view the rest of this Public Citizen’s press release: www.citizen.org and click Search for “Court ruling to block truckers”
 
 
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