Anyone who has traveled cross-country in a vehicle knows their driving limits. Truck drivers, pushing heavy pieces of machinery at high speeds, have had an 11-hour driving limit for the past two years.

But a U.S. Court of Appeals decision this week will roll back that standard to 10 hours beginning in September. The 10-hour rule had been in effect for 60 years and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had been trying to change it to allow truckers another hour.

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw the 11-hour rule out and said federal officials did not adequately justify the reasoning for adding driving time.

Those suing to remove the hour included Public Citizen, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The American Trucker Association supports the 11-hour rule and said it would ask the court to stay its decision and keep the extra hour in effect.

The court's ruling makes sense. Truck driving is a noble vocation, but the fatigue from a 10-hour shift combined with a heavy piece of machinery makes for a dangerous combination.

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