HOS Updates on the 34 Hour Restart Effective 12/16/2014

Dear Team,

Great news for everyone!

The FMCSA decided to suspend the enforcement of certain sections of the Agency’s Hours of Service rules. Specifically, FMCSA suspends the requirements regarding the 34 Hour Restart provisions that came in effect July 1, 2013. It is estimated that the suspension will be in effect until at least September 30, 2015.
Effective December 16, 2014 the appropriations bill suspends the two restrictions on the use of the 34 Hour Restart:

The requirement for two periods of 1 a.m. to 5a.m. on consecutive days
The limit on using the restart more than once every 168 hours

This action means that drivers can revert to the original 34 Hour Restart rule effectively immediately!

Drivers on paper logs are expected to comply with the above restrictions until December 16, 2014. For those of you on electronic logs, the provision change has already been implemented in the system and is effective now.

Please remember that the revision is specific to the 34 Hour Restart only, and all other Hours of Service rules, including the 30 Minute Break provision, remain unchanged and must be complied with.

If you have any questions regarding the change please feel free to give us a call!

Sincerely,
Status Transportation Safety Department

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