NASSTRAC (the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council) intervened in the court appeal brought by Public Citizen and other interests as to the most recent hours of service decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 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.
The most recent FMCSA decision is being challenged by Public Citizen because the agency declined to cut daily driving time, and in intervening in the court case to defend that decision, NASSTRAC joins the American Trucking Associations. ATA has also filed its own court case on appeal, which has been consolidated with the Public Citizen case. ATA is 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.