Pointing out that the entire set of rules on driver hours of service were rewritten just over three years ago, NITL expressed its concern that a court challenge to the 11-hour daily driving time and 34-hour restart provisions has left the daily driving time issue open to interpretation.
The ATA is seeking a stay from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on a court ruling from July 24th that key provisions of the current HOS rules must be eliminated. If the court grants the stay, NITL suggests, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would have time to address the concerns of the court and avoid the confusion that could result from the elimination of the two provisions.
A number of shippers were also filing briefs with the court expressing their specific concerns. NITL said a decision on the stay could come in late September or early October.