Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety v. FMCSA, No. 20-1370 (D.C. Cir. 2022)

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Justia Opinion Summary

In 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) modified its regulations governing the maximum hours that commercial motor vehicle operators may drive or operate within a certain timeframe. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union representing commercial truck drivers, and three national nonprofit organizations petitioned for review. They argued that the Final Rule was arbitrary and capricious for failing to grapple with the safety and driver health consequences of changes to record-keeping rules for short-haul commercial vehicle drivers and break requirements for long-haul drivers.
 
The DC Circuit denied the petition for review. The court held that the modifications to the hours-of-service rules were sufficiently explained and grounded in the administrative record. The court explained that the Administration not only directly tackled the issue of driver health but also reasonably explained why the health benefits estimated in the 2011 Rule would continue under the modified 30-minute break rule. That met the APA’s requirements.

Primary Holding
The DC Circuit denied The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union representing commercial truck drivers, and three national nonprofit organizations' petition for review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations governing the maximum hours that commercial motor vehicle operators may drive or operate within a certain timeframe.

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