Court Throws Out Decision to Let Truckers Drive 11 Straight Hours
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a Bush administration decision to permit long-haul truckers to drive up to 11 consecutive hours.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed rules so that truck drivers could drive a maximum of 11 straight hours --- one more hour than had been permitted historically. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday ruled that the FMCSA failed to adequately justify adding the extra hour, the Associated Press reported.The FMCSA first decided to raise the number of hours truckers can drive in 2003. But in 2004, the D.C. appeals court struck down that decision and Congress reinstated the rule later that year. The rule that the court overturned on Tuesday was created by the Bush administration in 2005, the AP said.