Truckers' Group Opposes Shorter Work Day

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Trucking Association says it does not support a federal court decision this week that would change the number of hours a trucker can work. A three-judge panel on Tuesday struck down a 2005 rule that extended the maximum workday for truckers to 11 hours. Safety advocates said the rule contributed to more fatigue-related accidents, but Shelia Foertsch of the Wyoming Trucking Association says drivers are comfortable with the 11-hour day. Foertsch says a reduced schedule will make moving goods across the country more difficult. She says the agency that overseas the U-S trucking industry still has the chance the existing rule is safe.