Wal-Mart Protesting New Trucking Rules

June 3, 2003
Posted at: 3:08 p.m. CDT

BETNTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart is asking the federal government to modify new rules governing how much time truck drivers can spend on the road.

Under rules to take effect January fourth, drivers will have to rest at least ten hours between shifts, two hours more than now, while also getting the chance to stay on the road an hour longer.

Wal-Mart objects to a rule that counts rest breaks and other down time as part of a driver's official work shift. The Bentonville-based retailer says the change could cut two to three hours a day off a work shift.

The regulations remain under review before they are put into place next year.

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