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F E A T U R E
In December of last year,
Congress suspended the
34-hour restart rule -
but just temporarily.
by Michael Fickes
hen the new hours-of-service (HOS)
restart rule was implemented in 2013,
many owners and drivers objected to
the provision requiring drivers to rest
for two time periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during a single
34-hour restart period.
The provision made it difficult for drivers
to plan schedules in a rational way.
"Drivers lost the flexibility of taking
restarts when their schedules
allowed," says Sean McNally, a
spokesperson for the American
Another problem with the restart rules
was that drivers could only restart once
every 168 hours - the number of hours
in a seven-day week. This caused
unusual scheduling problems, too.
"We had a member report to us that
he had drivers take three days off at
Thanksgiving, but that period couldn't
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be used as a restart because they had
taken one the previous weekend, and
they ran out of hours under the rules,"
In December, Congress addressed
the problem in the 2015 Omnibus
Appropriations Bill by inserting
a section that suspended
The suspension appears in Section 133
of the bill, which states "Section 133
temporarily suspends enforcement of
the hours-of-service regulation related
to the restart provisions that went into
effect on July 1, 2013, and directs the
secretary to conduct a study of the
operational, safety, health and fatigue
aspects of the restart provisions in
effect before and after July 1, 2013.
The Inspector General is directed to
review the study plan and report to
the House and Senate Committees on
Appropriations whether it meets the
requirements under this provision."
President Obama signed the Omnibus
Bill into law on December 16, 2014.
It is now the law, at least through
September of this year.
The new restart regulation requires 34
hours of rest, but sets no restrictions.
Drivers simply rest for 34 hours and go
back to work.
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