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34-Hour Restart Restrictions Suspended

On December 16, 2014 the President signed the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill which included language that temporarily suspends enforcement of the hours-of-service regulation related to the restart provisions that went into effect on July 1, 2013.  The suspension of the rule became effective upon signature of the President.  This means drivers can revert back to the 34-hour restart that was in place prior to July 1, 2013. 

The previous rule allows a driver to restart 60/70 hours any time he/she takes 34 consecutive hours off duty.  Drivers will not be limited to one restart during a 7 day period, and they will not require two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods in the 34 hours.  During the suspension of the rule, a complete study comparing the effectiveness of the two different versions, of the rules of the 34 hour restart will be conducted. 

This being said, the Appropriations Bill is an annual spending bill that runs out every September 30.  On September 30, 2015, if no resolution has been reach concerning the two rules, the 2014 rule will go back into effect unless another suspension has been legislated.


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