18
Jan
12

Change? Hours of Service Rule

Since the FMCSA new Hours of Service regulation changes do no go into effect until June 2013 does that mean they are serious about change? It seems to me that 18 months is a long period for the changes that they claim will improve driver safety. If it truely is the right change to make why delay it 18 months from the rule’s published date?

The guts of the changes include a mandatory 30 minute break in an 8 hour period, before continuing to drive and a change in the 34 hour restart. In order to qualify for the restart you have to have 2 periods that include 1am to 5am in the 34 hour period.

The restart qualifier baffles me. Now drivers will be forced to start after traffic begins to build so they are out there with more opportunities to mix it up in heavily congested traffic.

What’s your take?

For the complete rule go here.

Down the Road – Mike

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