On Tuesday night (12/16/14), President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriates Bill into law, which results in officially suspending the two restrictions on the use of the 34-hour restart.
Effective immediately, the 34-hour restart will revert to its pre-July 1, 2013 version. More specifically, the requirements for two periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and the limit on using the restart more than once every 168 hours is officially suspended. The bill requires the FMCSA to begin a study of the impacts of the restrictions on highway safety. It is important to note that all other Hours of Service regulations remain in effect. There has been no change to the daily driving limits or 30-minute rest break provision.
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