Maine Professional Drivers Association

Serving Maine professional drivers since 1989 ! !

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Maine Professional Drivers Association

PO Box 5672

Augusta, ME 04332-5672


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ATA Clarifies Timeline for Suspension of Hours of Service Restart Restrictions
As of Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year, draws near, some anxiety has emerged in the trucking industry regarding the fate of the suspension of the 34 hour restart restrictions. As many are aware, Congress temporarily suspended the 34 hour restart restrictions late last year (2014) and ordered the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study whether or not requiring that a 34 hour restart include two consecutive off-duty periods of time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and restricting its use to once every 7 days improves safety. Until this study is completed and has been transmitted to Congress, the restart restrictions cannot be reinstated by FMCSA. In May 2015, FMCSA began collecting data on 232 drivers as part of the congressionally-required study. Data collection is expected to end later this month and the finalized report is not anticipated to be transmitted to Congress until late this year or early next. Not until FMCSA issues their report to Congress, can they reinstate and begin enforcing the aforementioned 34 hour restart restrictions once again. Even then, congressional action or study findings showing no improvement in safety may impede or further delay reinstatement. For more information, contact P. Sean Garney at . -from ATA online