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FMCSA Is Working on Restart Study, Foxx Says

September 19, 2013

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study of the 34-hour restart rule when it has finished its analysis and review of the data, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a letter to Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.

U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx
U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

Hanna and several of his colleagues have been pressing the agency for a date certain when the study will be done.

“At this time I cannot predict the date on which the full report will be completed and submitted to Congress, but I assure you that we are working as expeditiously as possible,” Foxx said in a September 18 reply to Hanna.

His letter was released by Hanna’s office.

He said the agency has gathered the data it needs and now is in the last stages of analysis. This work will then be peer-reviewed, Foxx said.

The study was mandated in last year’s highway bill at the request of American Trucking Associations, which objects to the provision requiring drivers to take off two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their 34-hour restart.

Earlier this week it was discovered FMCSA would not have the study ready by the September 30 deadline set by Congress.



  1. 1. bryan spoon [ September 20, 2013 @ 04:08PM ]

    Classic cart horse I for one am tired of FMCSA making these rules with out public consideration. These career government employees and political appointees make all these ...that sounds good...rulings and none of them have to live by and make a living by the rules they set in place. Then when it comes to the biggest safety issue, drive training, they just keep fumbling and failing to complete mandated by congress qualification standards....FMCSA your making a joke out of the industry I have dedicated my lifes work too.

  2. 2. Stormy [ November 18, 2013 @ 03:53AM ]

    It went to court before it went into effect. The court ruled in favor of the FMCSA. If the report was not ready, what did the court base their opinion on? The report is 6 months past due. If the FMCSA doesn't have it ready yet how could they possibly know the benefits of the rule and how could the court have made a ruling without the facts?


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