The Teamsters union denounced the federal government's new version of trucking hours of service rules, calling the rewrite "a major setback" for highway safety that will push drivers to stay on the road longer than before.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa called the rule the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued on Friday an "outrageous power grab by ruthless companies," pointing to the decision to keep maximum consecutive driving time at 11 hours and a new provision creating 16-hour days for short-haul drivers.
The union was one of the parties along with Public Citizen that sued over the FMCSA's 2003 rule. A federal appeals panel last year tossed out that rule, saying it did not adequately address driver health, but Congress kept the regulation in place until Sept. 30, 2005 to give the FMCSA time to write a new version.
The Teamsters did not say immediately whether it will take the new rewrite to court.
The new rules are online in pdf format here.