On Nov. 27, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget an interim final rule concerning the hours-of-service regulations.
The document responds to the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which voided two provisions — the 11 hours of driving and 34-hour restart — in a July 24 decision.
In late September, the court stayed its decision until Dec. 27 in response to a request from the American Trucking Associations that FMCSA supported. Neither party received a stay as long as it wanted; ATA wanted an eight-month stay, FMCSA a full year.
Details of the interim rule were unavailable at press time, although it was likely to preserve in some way the 11 hours of driving and 34-hour restart — at least pending further consideration.