NASSTRAC, otherwise known as the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, joined a coalition of several other industry groups to file a brief Oct. 11 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is considering challenges to the latest truck driver hours of service rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The brief supports FMCSA's decision to retain the 11th hour of daily driving time by drivers, based upon findings that the benefits of that decision outweigh costs. As an association representing shippers, NASSTRAC also supports the American Trucking Associations' goal of more flexibility as to restarts between workweeks.
According to John Cutler, NASSTRAC's legal counsel, the brief argues that Public Citizen and other safety advocates pushing to reduce driver hours do not have legal standing to make their arguments. NASSTRAC also has participated in an amicus brief emphasizing that over the past decade, the 11-hour maximum rule has been accompanied by steady improvements in safety, said Cutler. "This case, which will probably be decided in 2013, will significantly affect the trucking industry, shippers, consumers and the economy," he said.
Along with NASSTRAC, other industry groups joining the brief included the American Trucking Associations, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Truckload Carriers Association, National Industrial Transportation League, and Health & Personal Care Logistics Conference.