From:                              Idealease <davehelge@idealease.com>

Sent:                               Monday, December 15, 2014 4:47 PM

To:                                   mchapman@tricotruck.com

Subject:                          BREAKING NEWS - Congress Passes Appropriations Bill Revising 34-Hour Restart Hours of Service Regulation

 

 

Breaking News

 

 

BREAKING NEWS!

 

 

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CONGRESS PASSES APPROPRIATIONS BILL REVISING 34-HOUR RESTART HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATION

 

 

The House and Senate have passed the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations legislation that includes the Collins Amendment, a provision to suspend changes to the 34-hour reset in the driver hours of service regulations.  The President is expected to sign the bill imminently.

 

The provision suspends the restrictions imposed on drivers using the 34-hour restart: requiring two periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., and limiting the use of the restart to once every 168 hours.

 

As soon as the President signs the bill, effective immediately, carriers no longer will need to comply with these two requirements.  These revisions to the restart rule will be in place through September 30, 2015, which will give Congress additional time to reconsider the restart requirements as part of the highway reauthorization legislation next year.  

 

All other parts of the 34-hour restart regulation remain in place as well as the rest of the Hours of Service regulations.

 

In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must conduct a field study on the effect of the restart requirements on carrier operations, safety performance, driver health and fatigue.  The DOT Inspector General is mandated to review the FMCSA study plan and report to Congress on whether it meets the requirements of this directive.

 

 

December 15, 2014

 

 

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