Obama Administration To Reconsider Trucker Rule

The Obama administration has agreed to reconsider a rule that allows long-haul truckers to drive for up to 11 hours straight without rest.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tells safety advocates it will revise the rule that became final in the waning days of the Bush administration.

For 60 years, truckers were allowed to drive a maximum of 10 hours at a time. The Bush administration and the trucking industry wanted to let truckers have an extra hour of driving time. The rule also cut off-duty rest and recovery time. A federal appeals court struck the rule down twice, but the Bush administration later reinstated it.

Safety and labor advocates argue that longer hours mean more driver fatigue and a greater risk of accidents.

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