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34 Hour Restart Rule Suspended

Posted December 22, 2014 by Administrator

On December 16th, President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress that provides relief from the two new restrictions of the hours of service restart rule.

Obama’s signature means—effective immediately— the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule that requires that all qualifying restarts contain two consecutive periods of time between 1am and 5am, and that it can only be used once every 168 hours (or seven days) is suspended, returning the industry to the restart provision in place prior to the July 2013 changes, allowing a driver to take as many restarts as he or she chooses during a work week and does not require that a restart include two consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is expected to prepare a notice for the Federal Register that will explain ramifications of Obama’s action with respect to commercial vehicle enforcement.

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