As of Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year, are you wondering about the fate of the suspension of the 34 hour restart restrictions. As many are aware, Congress temporarily suspended the 34 hour restart restrictions late last year (2014) and ordered the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study whether or not requiring that a 34 hour restart include two consecutive off-duty periods of time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and restricting its use to once every 7 days improves safety. Until this study is completed and has been transmitted to Congress, the restart restrictions cannot be reinstated by FMCSA. Data collection is expected to end later this month and the finalized report is not anticipated to be transmitted to Congress until late this year or early next. Not until FMCSA issues their report to Congress, can they reinstate and begin enforcing the aforementioned 34 hour restart restrictions once again. Even then, congressional action or study findings showing no improvement in safety may impede or further delay reinstatement. For more information, contact Steve Boudreaux at steveb@mstrucking.org

September 25, 2015