Trump administration eases rules limiting truck driver hours

The Trump administration eased rules Thursday that limit working hours for truck drivers, and the changes brought immediate protests from labor and safety groups. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the maximum working day for short-haul drivers from 12 hours to 14 hours and applied the longer hours to more drivers by expanding the geographic definition of short-haul driving. The agency said the changes will save more than £2.8 billion over 10 years, let drivers make more deliveries, and won't compromise safety.

The agency did not lower the limit of 11 hours of driving time per day. But labor leaders and safety advocates say longer days will mean fatigued drivers and more crashes even if total hours behind the wheel are the same. Teamsters President James P.

Hoffa said it "puts everyone on the roads at risk."

Thursday's changes will not only lengthen the on-duty day for short-haul drivers, it will more than double the square miles that they can cover, up to 150 miles from their home base.

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