The U.S. Court of Appeals, for the District of Columbia Circuit, on Wednesday, January 23rd, denied Public Citizen’s motion to vacate the interim regulations adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), keeping in place the rule increasing the time drivers are allowed behind the wheel from 10 hours to 11. The 10% increase in driver’s hours was previously struck down by this very court.

The governments retention of the 11 provision is a major blow for safety in this country given the increased use of trucks and the decline in the number of available drivers. According to the American Trucking Associations own studies the trucking industry was 20,000 drivers short in 2004 and it estimated the industry would be short 111,000 drivers by 2014. This means less qualified drivers will be driving longer hours. Please see my earlier posts on the HOS issue.

YOU SHOULD CALL OR WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND TELL THEM 11 HOURS IS TOO MANY TO BE BEHIND A WHEEL OF AN 80,000 pound tractor trailer.

A copy of the one page order allowing the FMCSA 11 hour rule to remain in place may be found at:

www.truckinjurylawyerblog.com/Order On HOS Rejection Petition to Enforce Jan 23, 2008.pdf