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Reduction In Allowable Hours Of Service Considered

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reconsidering a rule that allows long-haul truckers to drive for up to 11 hours straight after concerns were raised about greater fatigue Amongst drivers that could lead to more accidents.

For 65 years, truckers were allowed to drive a maximum of 10 hours at a time. However the trucking industry wanted to let truckers have an extra hour of driving time. The rule also cut rest and recovery time at the end of a work week from 50 or more hours off duty to as little as 34 hours off-duty.

The transportation agency isn't saying exactly what it will do, but opponents of expanded hours are hopeful a new rule will be closer to the original limits

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