Regulatory Updates – Aug. 2, 2013

Update on Relevant Regulations

Court Rules on HOS Cases

On August 2, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its rulings on the HOS challenges brought by the American Trucking Associations and the Advocates and Public Citizen. As you’ll recall, the Court combined the two challenges, which sought to overturn the new HOS rules, albeit, for opposite reasons.

In its ruling, the Court denied both challenges, with one exception – the ruling vacates the 30-minute rest break requirement for short haul truck drivers.

“we conclude that what remains of the 2003 Final Rule after two remands and three rulemakings are highly technical points best left to the agency. We therefore generally affirm the rule and vacate only the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.”