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FMCSA Says 34-hour Restart Rule is Reasonable

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Provisions of the federal hours-of-service rule for truck drivers are “reasonable” and have been “adequately explained” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency said in a court filing late Monday. The brief was in response to a suit filed by American Trucking Associations earlier this year, which said the HOS rule relied on a “sham” of an analysis and unjustifiable assumptions, while urging the court to overturn the provisions restricting the rule’s 34-hour restart and require an off-duty break. FMCSA also said in its brief that its decision to allow 11 hours of driving after 10 hours of duty “is not arbitrary or capricious.” The brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The ATA said it was reviewing the FMCSA brief and would likely issue comments on this latest development.

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