WASHINGTON -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has asked by American Trucking Associations (ATA) to delay the implementation of the new Hours of Service rule until three months after an appeals court renders a decision on requests to have the rule overturned.

ATA President and CEO Bill Graves wrote in a letter to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro that "the requested delay will avoid potentially duplicative and unnecessary training, prevent confusion if the court’s decision alters in any manner the final rule, and, given the anticipated short length of the delay, will have no measureable impact on highway safety.”

FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne said the agency was studying the request. Read the whole report