Trucker Rules

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal court has thrown out new rules that allow truckers to drive for longer amounts of time.

The rules issued last December allowed truckers to stay on the road for up to 11 straight hours, one more hour than they had been allowed. But they also required drivers to take at least ten hours off between shifts, two more than before.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia says the rule changes didn't take into account the health of drivers "in the slightest."

The government had argued that the new rules would make the roads safer because truckers would have to rest for two more hours between driving shifts. But safety groups said they would result in more dangerously tired truckers on the road.

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