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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

34 Hour Restart Rule Has Changed.

FMCSA: Suspension of 34-hour restart rules will change when the budget bill is signed by the president.

“FMCSA is preparing a Federal Register Notice, that will also be posted on our website, to advise the public that it is suspending enforcement of the restart restrictions as required by law. We are also working to ensure that the 12,000 state and federal motor carrier enforcement personnel are prepared to revert back to the previous restart,”

The 2015 appropriations bill will suspend two provisions of the 2013 HOS rule:
(1) The requirement that drivers’ 34-hour restarts include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and
(2) the provision that limits the use of the restart to once per 168 hours (a week).

I just called a local DOT office and spoke with an officer that does CMV inspections. He indicated he was aware of the changes and the HOS enforcement is back to before the 2013 HOS rule changed the 34 hour restart.