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Court Upholds FMCSA Exemption of Trucking From California Rest Break Rules

California highway traffic Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s determination that motor carriers are exempt from California’s stringent meal-and-rest-break rules.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 15, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Says Washington’s Meal, Rest Rules Pre-Empted

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has determined that Washington state’s meal-and-rest-break rules for commercial truck drivers are pre-empted by federal hours-of-service regulations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA’s Meal, Rest Break Ruling Withstands First Court Challenge

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A California court has dismissed a truck driver’s claims regarding the state’s meal-and-rest-break provisions, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has determined are pre-empted by federal law.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 6, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Sued by California Over Uniform Meal-and-Rest-Break Declaration

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California officials are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the agency’s determination that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: End the Meal-and-Rest-Break Debate

Now that we finally we have some resolution on the issue of whether interstate truck drivers must follow federal or state rules regarding where and when they can take meal and rest breaks, it’s time to stop the legal wrangling and move forward.

January 3, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Agrees to Pre-Empt California Meal-and-Rest-Break Rules

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez via DOT Media Center/YouTube

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 21 determined that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements, handing a victory to trucking industry groups.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 21, 2018
Government, Business

Movers Group Supports ATA’s Petition on California’s Meal, Rest Breaks

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California’s meal-and-rest-break requirements hinder interstate commerce and cause inefficiency industrywide, the American Moving & Storage Association emphasized in a show of support for American Trucking Associations’ petition to federal trucking regulators.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 31, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Public Comments on Meal, Rest Break ATA Petition

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is accepting public comment on a petition American Trucking Associations recently filed on California’s meal-and-rest-break rules.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 3, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

PHMSA Exempts Hazmat, Secure-Cargo Carriers From California Rest Rule

Hazardous materials placards FMCSA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has pre-empted motor carriers hauling hazardous materials, explosives and security-sensitive cargo from California’s meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Still Reviewing FAA Bill That Contains Trucking-Related Issues as Deadline Nears

FAA Bill Thune (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Proponents of a bill that includes language to ensure nationwide uniformity of meal-and-rest-break rules for truck drivers are racing against the clock to advance the measure before a funding deadline, but face resistance from some Democratic senators.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 13, 2018