On August 2, 2013, a U.S. Court Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has made its final decision on the recent HOS changes. The decision was a massive victory for the FMCSA and a very minor victory for select drivers.
“FMCSA won the day not on the strengths of its rulemaking prowess, but through an artless war of attrition, the controversies of this round are ended.”
The FMCSA issued the following statement today on the U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the Hours of Service rule:
“We are pleased with the court’s decision to uphold the department’s Hours of Service requirements for truck drivers. The ruling recognizes the sensible data-driven approach that was taken in crafting this important regulation to increase safety and reduce driver fatigue – a leading factor in truck crashes. The ruling also provides added certainty for all affected, moving forward.”
“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reviewing the court’s opinion and will soon take additional action, as needed, for its full implementation.”