FMCSA Amends HOS Requirements, Scraps 2011 Restart Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Sept. 12, 2019 formally amended its hours-of-service requirements, removing provisions that were adopted in December 2011.

The affected provisions had mandated a 34-hour restart include two periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., and that restarts could only be used once in a 168-hour period.

The provisions had been suspended in 2014 by Congress. A 2017 study found no statistically beneficial benefits from the rules, which had made them void, but they had remained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

This action was designed to clear up any confusion in the statute.