FMCSA Wants Drivers, Carriers for Restart Study

January 15, 2015

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is recruiting drivers and carriers to participate in a study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

In an announcement Thursday the agency said it will pay drivers for their participation and may compensate carriers for lost revenues or the cost of data collection equipment.

Drivers in the study will work their normal routes, the agency said.

Earlier this week Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division, said the agency is looking for drivers who routinely drive 60 to 70 hours a week, and at night, as well as carriers that will support those drivers.

Congress ordered the study last December when it suspended the restart that went into effect in 2013 and replaced it temporarily with a less restrictive version of the provision.

The 2013 provision said that if a driver takes a 34-hour restart he must take off two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that the restart could only be used once a week. The provision now in place does not have those restrictions.

The study will compare the two approaches. It will look at data from five months of work to assess safety events, fatigue, alertness and driver health, the agency said.

To find out more, and sign up for the study, go to the agency’s restart web page.

The agency also has a mailing list for those who want to participate.


  1. 1. Cliff Downing [ January 16, 2015 @ 04:45AM ]

    The FMCSA already has its agenda and course of action. This survey stuff is all window dressing. If approached, I will not offer any assistance to them. If anyone believes that it will make a difference, please roll me one of what you are smoking.

  2. 2. haller [ January 16, 2015 @ 08:56AM ]

    I don't understand. The fmcsa is in charge of safety, hours of service, etc., so they ask the truck drivers what they should do, what rules they should change just for the sake of changing rules so they look like they're doing something. That's like going to McDonalds ordering a #1 and Ronald McDonald comes out of the kitchen and asks me how to make a cheeseburger. It's time to clean house in the fmcsa and get new people in who have been in the trucking business in one way or another who know what to do, if anything...

  3. 3. Watchingu2 [ January 19, 2015 @ 12:57PM ]

    Are the Rail Roads behind all this. These new regulations is just hurting everybody and safety out the door??


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