FMCSA report affirms current, less restrictive hours of service rules
After some two years, rules governing truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart have been settled by a report issued by the Department of Transportation. The new study confirms that truckers’ 34-hour restarts will not require two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and will not be limited to once per week. The DOT’s Office of Inspector General Thursday, March 2, sent to Congress a letter signing off on the department’s study. It said it agreed with the study’s conclusions and that the department followed Congress’ directives in completing the research. The trucking industry’s leading business organization applauded the report, calling it “the end of a long struggle.” Congress suspended the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.requirement and the once-weekly limit in December 2014, pending the issuance of the study. The report shows those provisions did nothing to enhance safety. Read the full report here from TruckersNews.com.