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Ayotte Introduces Bill to Suspend 34-Hour Restart

December 20, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced companion legislation to the House bill aimed at suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

Ayotte’s bill mirrors one by Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., that would suspend the restart provision pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

Ayotte was joined by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., as a co-sponsor, said Mary Phillips, senior vice president of legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations.

The bills would put carriers back under the 34-hour restart provision that was in force before July 1 while GAO looks at the methodology the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration used to write the new provision.

GAO would have a year to complete the work. The new provision could not be re-implemented until six months after GAO submits its report to Congress, and only if the study supports the rule.

Ayotte’s bill faces an uncertain outlook in the Senate, according to close followers of the issue.

Trucking interests have been supportive of the Hanna bill, arguing that the restart provision cuts into productivity without improving safety.



  1. 1. lastgoodusername [ December 23, 2013 @ 03:33AM ]

    Thank you sir.

  2. 2. lastgoodusername [ December 24, 2013 @ 02:41AM ]

    Sorry, THANK YOU MA'AM .

  3. 3. mike [ December 25, 2013 @ 08:51AM ]

    hope somebody can get something done about this mess at this rate looking forward to leaving driving all together

  4. 4. Lee Lenard [ December 25, 2013 @ 09:11PM ]

    2 Senators, 3 house members with 2 bills introduced---at least 5 people WHO CARE or have the ability to realize the arrogances of the FMCSA in the mandate of July 1,2013 and the danger forced on truck drivers and the public. How can we wake up enough to get these bills into committee? Which political leaders should we write that could influence getting these bills passed?

  5. 5. Truck Driver [ December 30, 2013 @ 01:25PM ]

    Have every driver you talk to write a letter to their state senator, call them, get friends and family to do the same. If you / we could get all drivers to do this and be professional we could get something done..

    Look at the power we would have if all drivers stood together professionally and voiced our opinion and needs, we are the driving force for everything in stores, factories, etc.. We just need to come together and let our voice be heard professionally.


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