Trucker rest break proposal resurrected in aviation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Buried in the fine print of an aviation bill is a provision that would prevent states from requiring trucking companies to schedule more generous rest breaks for their drivers than the federal government’s minimum standard.

Laws in 22 states require longer or more frequent rest or meal breaks for workers than the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s standard for truckers of a minimum half-hour break eight hours after reporting for duty.

A controversial trucking industry-backed proposal to pre-empt the state laws in favor of the federal standard was taken out of a massive transportation bill at the insistence of Senate negotiators in December.

The proposal has been quietly revived in a bill introduced this week to overhaul the Federal Aviation Administration.


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