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F E A T U R E Starting Over In December of last year, Congress suspended the 34-hour restart rule - but just temporarily. by Michael Fickes W 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 Trucking Associations. 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 38 | SPRING|SUMMER 2015 be used as a restart because they had taken one the previous weekend, and they ran out of hours under the rules," explains McNally. In December, Congress addressed the problem in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill by inserting a section that suspended both requirements. 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.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015

President’s Letter
Intermodal Challenges
Pain on the Train
Transportation Funding Preview
The Real Key to the Driver Shortage – Creating a Better Environment for Drivers
Starting Over
FSA’s Annual Conference
Industry Forecast
Retail Trends
Cleaning Up Aisle 6
How Are Honeybees Doing?
Capturing Talent
A Traffic Jam Model of Leadership
Afraid to Admit That You Don’t Understand Social Media?
FSA Members
Index of Advertisers

Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015