July 18, 2016

The Complete Guide to the FMCSA’s 34-Hour Restart Rule

34 Hour Restart Rule - Complete Guide

The 34-hour restart rule has gone through so many changes that it can be quite hard to keep track of what’s allowed. Frequently drivers and fleet managers tell us they find the 34-hour reset rule confusing, so we’re here to help clear things up.

In this blog post, we explain the current state of the 34-hour restart rule, how it affects commercial fleets, and how drivers can use the 34-hour restart to their advantage.

What is the 34-Hour Restart Rule?

As per HOS rules and regulations, the 34-hour restart rule allows commercial motor vehicle drivers to reset their 60-hour or 70-hour clocks. In some circumstances, this allows drivers to get back on the road and perform their driving duties sooner.

The use of a valid 34-hour restart resets the weekly cycle hours back to zero. Drivers can take advantage of the rule by taking at least 34 consecutive hours in Off Duty, Sleeper Berth, or a combination of both.

Background on the 34 Hour Restart Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has hours of service rules (HOS rules) to help ensure driver and public safety.

After carefully studying driving behaviors, the DOT concluded that a 34-hour break could refresh fatigued drivers and, therefore, reduce road accidents. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is currently studying the 34-hour restart rule to see just how much it helps drivers. Based on the study’s findings, the rule may be refined accordingly.

But that study is still ongoing. For now, let’s review the 34-hour restart rule in its current form.

Current State of the 34-Hour Rule in 2016

Changes in the 34-Hour Restart Rule

Below is the current state of the DOT’s 34-hour restart provision in 2016. We’ll update this blog post if there are any changes to the rule in future.

34-Hour Restart Rule Changes

Do Drivers Have to Take a 34-Hour Break at Home?

No, this is not a legal requirement.

The driver can take the 34-hour break anywhere. It does not have to be at his home. However, the time must be logged based using the same time zone in effect at the driver’s home terminal.

Moreover, the 34-hour break is completely optional. Sometimes the 34-hour restart provision is the quickest way to refresh your weekly cycle and get back on road.

It all depends on the specific situation of the driver.

How to Use the 34-Hour Break With The KeepTruckin App

The KeepTruckin app makes it very simple for drivers to log a 34-hour break, which can help ensure the rule gets used properly.

With the KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App, taking advantage of the 34-hour restart break is a simple 2-step process.

Here’s how:

Step No. 1: Go to Menu > Settings > Logs. Then make sure that the 34-hour restart option is selected.

34 Hour Rule GIF KeepTruckin Mobile AppStep No. 2: After completing a shift, just wait for 34 consecutive hours.

As soon as 34 hours pass, the KeepTruckin app will automatically reset your cycle and the 34-hour restart will appear as a vertical line:

The 34 Hour Break in the KeepTruckin Mobile AppYou can also delete 34-hour restart breaks. Just tap on “34 Hour Restart”, and an option to ‘Reject’ the break will pop up from the left side:

Reject the 34 Hour Restart Break in KeepTruckin Mobile AppFinal Words

The 34-hour restart rule can be an efficient solution to get back on the road quickly.

Drivers can take advantage of the 34-hour restart rule by using the free KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App. Drivers who use the app won’t need to keep track of the latest 34-hour restart rule changes.

In case you have any questions, you can also contact our support team.

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