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ATA believes FMCSA regulations are based on agenda

The American Trucking Associations is challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new rules about off-duty break periods and restart periods based on the argument that there is no data to back up the change in regulations. The ATA argues that the new rules will not prevent a single truck accident based on available data. Instead, the organization notes that existing rules have proven effective and that the changes are driven by the FMCSA's own agenda. The ATA has brought the matter on for a hearing before the Appeals Court in an effort to bar the agency from enforcing the new regulations.

The ATA, supported by other trucking groups, is arguing that the new rules will place undue burdens on truckers across the country and will not lower accident rates. The group also claims that the changes are not based on any type of verifiable data but instead on an agenda designed by the FMCSA to inconvenience trucking companies.

The FMCSA has countered these arguments by stating that it has performed a cost-benefit analysis and determined that the changes will be beneficial in terms of improving safety. There is no word on when the appeals court will rule, but the FMCSA has stated that it will continue with its plan to implement the changes in July 2013.

Truck drivers are currently required to keep careful records of the hours they drive and the rest breaks they take. These records may be used in lawsuits when a truck driver has caused an accident that led to injuries for others. Victims who have been injured in accidents with large trucks may wish to consult a personal injury attorney for advice on how to collect damages from trucking companies, truck drivers and others who may be liable.

Source: Fleet Owner, "ATA court arguments slam HOS rule changes," David Cullen, March 18, 2013

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