Posted on 14 Dec, 2016
Categories: Trucking Regulations
There’s good news when it comes for hours-of-service (HOS) rules, at least for the time being. President Obama signed a short-term funding bill last week that allows truckers to keep using the 34-hour restart without restrictions as a way to reset their on-duty hours once they ran out of available time.
The bill doesn’t make that rule permanent, though.
Instead, the fate of the 34-hour restart is tied to a study that’s in the works by the FMCSA and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Right now they’re studying between 200 to 300 truck drivers, with half of them operating by the HOS rules that went into effect in July 2013 and were lifted in 2014. Those rules said that any 34-hour restart had to include two stretches between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., and it could only be used once per week.
The other half of the drivers can use the 34-hour restart however they see fit.
From Overdrive Online:
The study’s results will dictate whether the July 2013-enacted regs will go back into effect. The law says truckers operating under July 2013 rules must "demonstrate statistically significant improvement in all outcomes related to safety, operator fatigue, driver health and longevity, and work schedules, in comparison to…drivers who operated under the restart provisions in effect on June 30, 2013," for such rules to go back into effect.
FMCSA and VTTI said early last year they would look at drivers’ schedules, crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant events, operator fatigue/alertness and short-term health when making the determination about which regulations should become permanent.
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