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Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official's plan despite the objection?


(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.

Originally posted by lexis on 01 Oct 2008, 00:15.
Last edited by hazelnut on 30 Jul 2019, 03:37, edited 3 times in total.
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lexis wrote:
Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official\'s plan despite the objection?

(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.


Only "E" provide a reason for persisting with the government official's plan despite the objection. Hence "E" is the answer.
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lexis wrote:
Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official\'s plan despite the objection?

(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.


I first went to C since it seemed to be clear to me with the reason of "time-consuming" that can be caused by not having a adequate parking lots near highways. But on second thought, I thought B would be better. B means the lack of parking lots actually affected the fact of drivers not complying the law. E is, I think, irrelevant. And the argument is saying that the reason that drivers do not comply the law is not because of the 'time-consuming" approach to the parking lots but because of the lack of parking lots...
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C is my choice

we need to stick wtih what is given, should not make our assumption.. its clearly says that though parking lots are available truck drives will not go there because its time consuming and more over they do not want to take rest even after 10hours driving(truck drivers frequently do not comply).
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I see your reasoning with B, makes sense, but we have to attack the objection raised by the Business Rep.

That's why I chose C - as this does it.

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lexis wrote:
Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official\'s plan despite the objection?

(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.


I first went to C since it seemed to be clear to me with the reason of "time-consuming" that can be caused by not having a adequate parking lots near highways. But on second thought, I thought B would be better. B means the lack of parking lots actually affected the fact of drivers not complying the law. E is, I think, irrelevant. And the argument is saying that the reason that drivers do not comply the law is not because of the 'time-consuming" approach to the parking lots but because of the lack of parking lots...
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Richardson wrote:
lexis wrote:
Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official\'s plan despite the objection?

(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.


I first went to C since it seemed to be clear to me with the reason of "time-consuming" that can be caused by not having a adequate parking lots near highways. But on second thought, I thought B would be better. B means the lack of parking lots actually affected the fact of drivers not complying the law. E is, I think, irrelevant. And the argument is saying that the reason that drivers do not comply the law is not because of the 'time-consuming" approach to the parking lots but because of the lack of parking lots...


I picked C, but I didn't understand your logic/rationale for B. Would like to hear a better explanation.
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Richardson wrote:
lexis wrote:
Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official\'s plan despite the objection?

(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.


I first went to C since it seemed to be clear to me with the reason of "time-consuming" that can be caused by not having a adequate parking lots near highways. But on second thought, I thought B would be better. B means the lack of parking lots actually affected the fact of drivers not complying the law. E is, I think, irrelevant. And the argument is saying that the reason that drivers do not comply the law is not because of the 'time-consuming" approach to the parking lots but because of the lack of parking lots...


I picked C, but I didn't understand your logic/rationale for B. Would like to hear a better explanation.


I see C is wrong but let me just stick to B...
Officer wants to have more rest areas. This is because truck drivers are not taking a rest after driving for 10 hours, the practice that is forced by Fed. law. She also mentioned that the current public couldn't provide enough capacity. Representative said there are enough capacity.

Now, question stem is asking for finding a support for official's argument...what if there are enough places to take a rest for drivers as raised by the representative? Then, the drivers need to find a place to rest. If the total time including the driving exceeds ten hours because of the additional time spent for finding out the resting place, then the drivers are more likly not to comply the regulation. The expression of "less than an hour" seems to provide more support to the choice B. If it is true, then it strenghtens the argument of the officer even after considering the point raised by the representative.

Sorry but this is the best that I can come up with my choice of B.
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I see C is wrong but let me just stick to B...
Officer wants to have more rest areas. This is because truck drivers are not taking a rest after driving for 10 hours, the practice that is forced by Fed. law. She also mentioned that the current public couldn't provide enough capacity. Representative said there are enough capacity.

Now, question stem is asking for finding a support for official's argument...what if there are enough places to take a rest for drivers as raised by the representative? Then, the drivers need to find a place to rest. If the total time including the driving exceeds ten hours because of the additional time spent for finding out the resting place, then the drivers are more likly not to comply the regulation. The expression of "less than an hour" seems to provide more support to the choice B. If it is true, then it strenghtens the argument of the officer even after considering the point raised by the representative.

Sorry but this is the best that I can come up with my choice of B.


I am not sure how you arrived at the above bold part. I never felt that the total time includes driving and search for parking.

That said the Q is Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official's plan despite the objection?


IMO, C does that by weakening the objection.

No worries. I have been there and felt similar when every one else picked a diff answer.

OP, What is the OA?
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I have one doubt here in the usage of words in the arguement. If we see below

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered.....

Here the talk is about parking places around their businesses which may not necessarily be near highways.

To come to right answer, we have to assume that business also are on highways only and so are the parking lots.

But can we make such assumption to answer this question??
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lexis wrote:
Hutonian Government Official: Federal law requires truck drivers to take a long break after driving for ten hours, but truck drivers frequently do not comply. Since the public rest areas along our highways cannot accommodate all the drivers needing a break, we plan to build more rest areas to increase the rate of compliance.

Hutonian Business Representative: But if the parking lots around our businesses are considered, there are more than enough parking places.

Which of the following, if true about Hutonia, would provide a reason for persisting with the government official\'s plan despite the objection?

(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways.

(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour.

(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach.

(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents.

(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others.


I treated this like a weaken question, I wanted to weaken the objection that was raised by the biz reps. To make the governments plan seem more reasonable.

A - This option does not weaken the counter point raised by the biz reps.
B - This has no barring on the issue at hand which is there aren't enough parking lots available. I am not caring about compliance with the law. Just the need for parking lots and how the biz reps attack that need.
C - correct because it weakens the idea of truckers using private lots, therefore enforcing the need for more public areas.
D - This is supporting the opposite of the government. Instead of it being an issue of overcrowding, it's because truckers do not like it.
E - This does not help strengthen the argument or weaken the opposing option.
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EASY: STRENGTHEN THE CONCLUSION


Pre-thinking: We must provide a reason for

1. why it is important to build more rest areas
2. why the parking spots around business don't help the cause




(A) Public parking areas are evenly distributed along the highways. -------- This weakens the Official's conclusion. If the business areas are distributed evenly along the way, then there's no reason why the truck drivers can't use them.


(B) Truck drivers are most likely not to comply with the federal law if the total time required for a trip exceeds ten hours by less than an hour. ---------- This does not say anything about the need to build more parking spaces nor about why the business parking would not help. Out of scope.


(C) In comparison to public rest areas, private parking lots near highways tend to be time-consuming for drivers to reach. ------ CORRECT. Provides a reason why the business parking spaces would not help.


(D) Even when rest areas are available, some truck drivers park in places, such as highway access ramps, where their trucks are likely to cause accidents. ---------- This weakens the Official's argument. This implies that building more parking spaces is not helpful, because even if they are offered parking spaces, these truck drivers just don't feel like complying and prefer to park anywhere.


(E) Some public parking areas, particularly those on heavily traveled roads, are substantially larger than others. ------- We are not told whether the business parking spaces are large enough to accommodate a truck. However, as size has not been established for resting areas or business parking space, and this answer choice does not determine which parking spaces are the larger ones, then it does not matter.
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