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Shipper group intervenes in HOS suit

April 2, 2012

The National Shipper’s Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC) has joined forces with the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) by intervening in the court appeal brought by Public Citizen in opposition to the most recent hours-of-service decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

NASSTRAC joins ATA in challenging the modified 34-hour “restart” rules adopted by FMCSA and other actions by FMCSA that adversely affect motor carriers’ operational efficiency without enhancing highway safety.

“The final rule will directly affect the efficiency, productivity and safety of the national trucking industry, thereby affecting the supply chains of trucking company customers and the distribution patterns of materials and finished goods throughout the U.S.,” NASSTRAC said in its filing with the court.

The most recent FMCSA decision is being challenged by Public Citizen because the agency declined to cut daily driving time,” NASSTRAC said. “In its court appeal, Public Citizen is certain to repeat past arguments that driving time for truck drivers should be reduced by at least one hour per day.”

“For a decade, NASSTRAC has defended hours-of-service rules that improve highway safety while recognizing the need of motor carriers and their customers for reliability, efficient use of capacity, and productivity, and year after year under the old hours-of-service rules, crash and fatality rates went down,” NASSTRAC said.

To view the filing, visit http://www.freightadvocacy.org/

NASSTRAC provides education, advocacy, provider relations, and networking for professionals involved in all modes of transportation, ranging from full truckload and LTL to containerization and global logistics.

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