Washington–Insurers are voicing deep concerns over new truck safety rules extending the time that truck drivers can work without rest, noting that non-truck occupants account for most of the 5,000 annual truck crash deaths.

The American Insurance Association, whose members represent most of the nation's commercial insurers, noted in a statement that the new rules are reminiscent of a previous set rejected by a federal court when originally proposed in 2003.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which was created after intense lobbying by the insurance industry several years ago specifically to improve truck safety, issued the final rules this week. They would go into effect Oct. 1 unless challenged.

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