ATA, agency to square off in court over hours rule

| December 14, 2012

The American Trucking Associations will present oral arguments against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service rule March 15, arguing that the agency did not correctly interpret the science it used to implement that the mandatory 30-minute break be completely off-duty and did not properly disclose to the public its decision to apply the rule to short-haul delivery drivers.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, among others, have joined the lawsuit with the ATA as intervenors.

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  • Greg Carter

    How about we get some drivers involved so that maybe the suits and ties can figure out that not one person on any of the panels or the organizations that are trying to fight for them have a clue what they are talking about! I support the groups fighting for the drivers,however if you have never driven a truck you don’t have a clue.Owning trucks is different from being a driver also,so the people that should be doing the arguing should have someone there who can actually know the correct answers and be able to put up a legit arguement!

  • Zachary Bell

    I would be happy to get involved on something like this.

  • Tony Riffe

    Who cares? I know I don’t. The FMCSA will do what it wants to do and we will figure out a way to work around it so that we can make a living.

  • William McKelvie

    That’s a grand idea, but look at what they did. They did not get their precious eobr ruling to stay on the books, so what did they do, they included it with the trojan horse jasons law, and made congress make it a law now. Even after we as drivers, owners, OOIDA, and others told them more than once that the new laws will make things worse. They just went on with their own agenda, buying up votes to get map21 passed. If you want to get drivers involved, we need more than just a few of us to do it. We need all of us to do it, and to do something that wakes them up, like slowing down for two weeks straight, all of us.

  • Marty Marsh

    Well, considering you can’t regulate any kind of rest how do you argue with people that are out for money and not safety? It should be obvious to anyone that the government telling you when to take a break, or better yet, it’s time to go to bed honey, is nothing but a money scam. Putting loop holes in an already screwed up system is proof this is about nothing more than the dollar. The harder they make this the easier some DOT guy is going to be able to get you on something.
    You want to fix all the problems these clowns are creating, stop driving.

  • Cliff Downing

    I don’t care either. The ATA has lobbied for more regs from the FMCSA, and now they are crying in their beer over the 30 minute break. I am just all torn up about it. The ATA is nothing more than a socialist front group. I wouldn’t support anything they do just out of spite. The carrier I have my truck on with hands out awards every year with ATA emblems all over them. I slide it all back across the counter and say “keep it, it is nothing more than an insult to me.” My hatred of the ATA, TCA, and Alliance for Driver Safety and Security runs very deep. I can deal with the grass roots anti-trucking groups. They are up front and you know what they are. The major trucking organizations urinate down trucker’s backs and then try to convince them it’s raining. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.