New DOT Rules Limit Truckers' Workweek To 70 Hours

Law360, New York (December 22, 2011, 4:59 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled new rules Thursday that limit the number of hours per week truckers are allowed to work in an effort to combat driver fatigue, but the plan was immediately slammed by trucking groups.

Under the final rule announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, truck drivers are barred from working more than 70 hours per week, down from the current level of 82. Truckers also cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a 30-minute break.

Finally, any trucker who works...
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