Safety Advocates, including Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and the Teamsters union, who filed a suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s hours of service (HOS) proposal, may end up dropping their suit.
According to truckinginfo.com, Henry Jasney, spokesman for the groups, claimed that they will accept the decrease in the amount of driving time to 10 hours as well as the 34-hour restart proposal and support mandatory electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), believing would increase safety on the road.
The groups may have acknowledged the idea of dropping the suit, but did not state that they would not return to court in the future, the site notes.
While safety advocate groups may be finding some satisfaction in the FMCSA’s changes, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is not, stating that a suit is plausible.
The ATA, who has been struggling to get the FMCSA to remain with the current HOS rules, believes that the FMCSA’s “calculations of the benefits of the proposal are based on “misapplication of available data” and outdated information,” overstating “the net benefits of the proposed rule by about $700 million annually” (http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=73024). With this information, they find that grounds for a lawsuit are notable and the need for the agency to conduct further research.
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