Congress is poised to roll back safety rules aimed at ensuring truck drivers get enough rest, ignoring the pleas of consumer activists and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The provision, added to budget legislation to fund the U.S. government through the fiscal year, would temporarily suspend rules that took effect last year while a study is conducted about the number of trucks driven on congested roads. Under the change, truckers would be able to work as many as 82 hours a week. This is the second attempt this year by lawmakers to delay the rules after an earlier effort at passage in June happened to coincide with the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan. His van was hit by a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. tractor-trailer driven by a worker nearing the end of a 14-hour shift.
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