Pa. transit agencies await hours waiver decision

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials of Pennsylvania’s two largest transit agencies await a decision by the state transportation department on an exemption from a law that limits the number of hours that drivers can be behind the wheel.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/169Tpb3 ) says the transit agencies serving the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions want a waiver from the law that bars workers from driving more than 10 hours or working more than 15 hours in any capacity at a given time.

The department is expected to decide this month.

The agencies and Pennsylvania Public Transit Association argue that hiring drivers to comply with the law would cost millions of dollars. Their attorney says a waiver wouldn’t risk public safety.

But the state police bureau’s commercial vehicle safety division has expressed concerns about safety.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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