According to POLITICO, leaders of the U.S. House Transportation Committee and the Highways and Transit panel wrote a letter to Ray LaHood, requesting a delay to the new HOS rules which are scheduled to go into effect on July 1.
Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Highways Chairman Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), penned the letter to LaHood requesting a 3-month delay.
“We believe our request is a responsible solution to concerns from the motor carrier industry and law enforcement community,” the four lawmakers wrote.
Last Friday, the American Trucking Association spoke before the Court of Appeals, also asking for a 3-month delay.
“The existing rules have a proven track record, and the agency’s purported reasons for tinkering with them were baseless,” said ATA General Counsel Prasad Sharma told the Court. “We’re hopeful the judges will see through the agency’s mere pleas for deference and after-the-fact explanations for a rule that was agenda-driven rather than evidence-based.”