Senate takes up 34-hour restart correction

The U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee April 21 passed 30-0 a bill that corrects a legislative mess-up from December that put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy.

It makes clear that the restart remains available for use by truck operators pending study by the Department of Transportation find that pre-July 2013 restart rules are more effective for truckers’ fatigue levels than those that took effect July 1, 2013.

hours-night-2016Should that be the case, the bill would also kick in a few changes to hours of service limits. Specifically, it would set a 73-hour cap on the amount of time truckers can spend on duty in any consecutive seven-day period after utilizing a 34-hour restart. According to the bill’s text, “the 7-day measurement period moves forward 1 day at midnight each day.”

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