Late last week, Republican lawmakers in Congress effectively suspended the Obama administration’s tight restrictions on work hours and rest breaks for the nation’s interstate truckers. Under the Trump presidency, it’s expected that lawmakers will establish new standards for the industry, covering not only hours on the road but also increased weight limits and the length of double trailer combinations. Dallas attorney Peyton Inge of Chamblee Ryan Kershaw & Anderson, whose clients include trucking companies, says some restrictions needed to be loosened:
The industry has found that the restrictions during the past few years actually increased the risk of accidents by forcing more trucks onto the road during rush-hour periods, leading to increased congestion and road safety risks. We’ve also seen that increased regulations have disproportionately affected smaller trucking companies, and that rolling back regulations historically can allow these companies to expand while reducing costs to the consumer. This change should also allow individual drivers and their employers greater flexibility in setting off-duty time, rest periods and overall business operations.
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