POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 12:32pm
(NBC News) — New federal regulations go into effect on Monday, aimed at forcing truck drivers to spend less time behind the wheel, and their idle hours may cost you.
Truck drivers are fighting against the new rules.
"The Hill" reports that commercial drivers are only able to spend 70 hours a week on the road, down from 82.
There are also new requirements for rest periods.
According to NBC News, nobody is happy with the changes.
Trucking industry leaders warn that fewer hours on the road will mean higher prices for consumers. Meanwhile, safety groups say that the regulatiosn don't go far enough to deal with driver fatigue.
According to the government's website , the rules were published in 2011, but July 1, 2013 is the final compliance date for companies.
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