Before heading home for the year, this week Congress is expected to pass spending and tax legislation that includes a provision requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to expand its study of the 34-hour restart requirement to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules before it can be reinstated. If enacted, the 34-hour restart provision will remain suspended even longer than previously anticipated.
As part of last year's bill to fund the federal government, a provision was included suspending the 34-hour restart period while FMCSA conducts a study. FMCSA is still conducting the study and recently said it expected to complete it in February 2016. However, the language in the new spending bill goes even further, requiring FMCSA to demonstrate in the study that the 34-hour restart period improves safety on the nation's roads.
NASSTRAC supports the provision included in the year-end spending bill that will benefit shippers, and through its participation in the HOS Coalition has worked to continue the suspension of the 34-hour restart requirement (Transport Topics).