On July 24, 2007 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the plaintiff’s petition to "vacate those portions of the 2005 Rule that increases the daily driving limit from 10 to 11 hours, and that permit an off-duty period of 34 hours to restart the weekly on-duty limits." This is a significant victory for the safety of anyone traveling the highways with a tractor trailer as fatigue has been shown to be one of the leading causes of fatalities involving tractor trailers. For the complete opinion please see: www.truckinjurylawyerblog.com/Extending Hours of Service Rejected by 11th Circuit.pdf
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated:
“We are analyzing the decision issued today to understand the court’s findings as well as determine the agency’s next steps to prevent driver fatigue, ensure safe and efficient motor carrier operations and save lives. This decision does not go into effect until September 14, unless the court orders otherwise.” The Press Contact for this issue is: Melissa Mazzella DeLaney (202) 366-2309; Cell: (202) 465-5650
Please see the topic of "Driver Problems" in my Blog for more on fatigue.