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Trucking safety groups and Public Citizen are now challenging the new HOS rule issued by FMCSA. This news comes after the trucking industry group American Trucking Associations (ATA) also filed a suit.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers are also challenging the HOS rule issued by FMCSA. They recently filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule for truck driver hours of service citing the rule needed improvements regarding tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review.

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) has submitted comments to the recent proposed rule change for hours of service (HOS).

The proposed rule change was for hours of service (HOS) for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). It was proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safey Administration (FMCSA) on December 29, 2010. ... Read More

WASHINGTON D.C. – On January 15, 2010 the American Trucking Associations (ATA) filed a lawsuit with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in which it asks the court to compel the Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a long-overdue regulation for hours-of-service (HOS) supporting documents.

Semi truck carriers on US highways affected by DOT hours-of-service documents

The lawsuit that was filed by the ATA is referred to as a “mandamus” action in which a court can compel government officials to perform their legal duties. Actions such as this that compel agencies to issue overdue regulations are common. Such actions often result in a settlement where the government agency agrees to act within a negotiated time frame … ... Read More

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation  (DOT) announced that, effective immediately, sending text messages while driving is now illegal for commercial truckers and bus drivers. The department said that truck drivers and bus drivers who engage in the practice of texting while behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

Big rig trucks and buses traveling on US roads are banned from texting

Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood said, “We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe,” and that this was an “important safety step.” He stated further that the DOT would be taking more steps to “eliminate the threat of distracted driving.”… ... Read More

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