OOIDA, DOT In Court Over Sleep Apnea Issue

(Last Updated On: December 17, 2017)


Attorneys for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association argued last month in court that the U.S. DOT illegally altered sleep apnea screening guidelines for truck drivers by slipping a partially apnea-related appendix into a broader rule after the public comment period had ended.

OOIDA’s lawyers also claim the sleep apnea provision within the rule violates a Congressional statute established in 2013, when Congress passed a law forbidding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from instituting formal sleep apnea testing and treatment guidelines without using the rulemaking process, which requires a public notice and a public comment period. Overdrive reported on the lawsuit when it was filed last year.

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