TRUCKERS' H.O.S. * USA: Congress' debates about
* DC - Safety groups renew battle over trucking riders
--- Safety groups are renewing a fight over spending bill provisions that they worry would endanger truck drivers and other motorists on the road... In a letter to House and Senate appropriators on Tuesday, a coalition of consumer, public health and safety groups called on Congress to steer clear of certain provisions regarding trucker rest and meal breaks in a continuing resolution, or a catchall spending bill, citing a “dramatic” increase in truck crash deaths and injuries... The issue has been a lightning rod in the debate over fiscal 2017 transportation spending legislation, which is an otherwise non-controversial appropriations measure... In the House, appropriators proposed a technical fix without the new cap on hours. But the lower chamber's spending bill also included another trucking provision that would preempt state laws on commercial trucking meal and rest breaks...
(Getty Images) -- Washington, DC, USA - The Hill, by MELANIE ZANONA - 15 Nov 2016