Posted on 18 Dec, 2014
Truck drivers have been asking for it, and they finally got it: The two most unpopular parts of last year’s Hours-of-Service (HOS) bill have been suspended. Drivers are still required to spend 34 hours off the clock after working 70 hours in a week, but the 34-hour restart no long has to include two periods between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM, and a driver can use the restart more than once in a week.
The rollback became official as part of the omnibus spending bill that President Obama signed into law on Dec. 16. That bill funds the government through September 2015, so we’ll still have to wait and see if the rollback is permanent. The bill requires that the FMCSA do a study to compare the effectiveness and safety of the pre-2013 HOS rules and post-2014 rules, and the 34-hour restart rules can only be reinstated if the report finds that they are actually safer.