Background on suspended the rule
To qualify for a restart a driver must meet the following requirements:
- 168 hours from the start of the break, as long as you took 34 consecutive hours off duty.
- Must include two consecutive periods between 1am and 5am during the 34-Hours off-duty
During this suspension period the FMCSA has engaged The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to study the safety impact of the 34-Hour restart rule. The results of the study should be due prior to the expiry of the suspension period.
Drivers can now use the pre-July 2013 restart rules and take 34 consecutive hours off-duty, with no restrictions to restart their hours. This means drivers may be able to use the 16-Hour shift exemption more often than once every 7 days.
The question is: Will lawmakers wait until the safety impact study is completed to attempt to reinstate the suspended rules and will the suspension be extended?