NASSTRAC is part of a coalition of 15 industry groups that filed suit in federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., yesterday to block the Obama Administration's attempt to change regulations governing commercial truck driver operations. Along with NASSTRAC, the coalition includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the National Retail Federation.
"For industries and carriers charged with delivering fresh food, keeping assembly lines running, and making deliveries, this rule is concerning and will hurt the economy," said Rick Schweitzer, counsel for the coalition. "With the lack of evidence that it will improve safety, moving forward with this rule will only create more uncertainties in an already cumbersome regulatory environment."
The 15 industry groups, which represent most sectors of the U.S. economy, said the Hours of Service (HOS) Rules were crafted without considering the costs they would impose on the supply chain. Industry groups have long argued that major changes in driver work rules would disrupt supply chains that have been calibrated to work with the regulations now in effect.
They also maintain the trucking industry is operating as safely today as it has since records were being kept, and there is no need to impose additional regulations that will drive up costs without having an appreciable benefit on highway safety.
Tuesday's action comes one week after the American Trucking Associations (ATA) also took legal action to oppose the controversial measure.