Posted on 23 May, 2016
Categories: Trucking Regulations
The U.S. Senate still wants to change your Hours of Service, but they haven’t decided what they want to change just yet. The Senate passed a bill that would make changes to HOS based on what the FMCSA recommends in a study that's been in the works for more than a year.
That study is supposed to decide if the 2013 version of the HOS rules were any safer than the 2011 version. The 2013 version was the one that required 34-hour restarts to include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., and the restarts could only be used once a week.
For now, those rules have been rolled back to the 2011 version.
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Senate bill would have two possible outcomes:
1. Restarts go back to the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. rules
2. Restarts stay the same as they are right now, but with a new 73-hour limit to on-duty hours in a 7-day period
The House of Representatives are considering a bill that would do away with the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. version of the rule entirely, regardless of what the FMCSA study finds. That would keep HOS rules the way they are right now.
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