DOT Rules Federal Laws on Breaks for Truckers Preempt California Regulations
By Erica E. Phillips | Dec. 21, 2018 6:52 p.m. ET
The U.S. Transportation Department ruled Friday that California laws requiring truck drivers be allowed certain break periods can be pre-empted by federal laws, which provide for less downtime.
The ruling comes in response to a September petition of the DOT by the American Trucking Associations, an industry group representing trucking companies, which claimed that a when rules vary from state to state, it can cause confusion for drivers and challenges for business across the supply chain. The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association also filed a similar petition in October.
In its ruling Friday, the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wrote California’s meal-and-rest break laws, “are more stringent than the agency’s hours of service regulations, that they have no safety benefits that extend beyond those already provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, that they are incompatible with the Federal hours of service regulations, and that they cause an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce.”…
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