FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice

December 18, 2014

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.

The notice confirms the suspension ordered by Congress and says, “Drivers are therefore authorized, as of 12:01 a.m. on December 16, 2014, to resume use of the previous, unlimited restart provision.”

The controversial provision that was suspended said that when drivers used the restart they had to take two periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and could use the restart only once a week. The provision now in effect does not have these restrictions.

The notice also says that the suspension will continue until September 30 or until FMCSA finishes the study that Congress required.

And it adds that the agency will give notice when the temporary suspension ends and the more restrictive restart goes back into effect.


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  1. 1. Justin [ December 19, 2014 @ 05:54AM ]

    Great! Back to a sensible rule that I can use to my benefit as needed.

    There still remains a big "when the more restrictive rule is put back in effect". Who says this will happen? Leave things alone,as they are! I am growing increasingly fatigued by the ever-changing rules that do more harm than good.Has the FMCSA ever conducted a "study" to determine the effects of constant rule changes on driver fatigue??

  2. 2. McGruff [ December 20, 2014 @ 12:52PM ]

    Did anybody read the last line in this article? FMCSA...more restrictive restart goes back into effect. Sounds to me like the FMCSA thinks they got a slap on the wrist by congress, and they refused to begin the research they were ordered to do by congress

  3. 3. R. Whittington [ December 31, 2014 @ 12:36PM ]

    Sounds like another "in depth" (use more money) study. Only to come to a concluded conclusion that will require another impact study. That will only serve to confuse, the already confused...etc,etc... Somethings just aren't broken and don't need to be fixed.


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