The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) denied a request from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to delay enforcement of the latest changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rule for truck drivers, which takes effect July 1, saying ATA did not demonstrate enough harm to the industry and law enforcement to merit a delay.
ATA had asked FMCSA to delay enforcement until three months after the association’s latest legal challenge ends. Prasad Sharma, ATA vice president and deputy chief counsel, said the delay would reduce confusion and unnecessary law enforcement training in the event the rule changes. ATA is arguing its case March 15 and anticipates a court decision in late May or early June.
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