On Saturday, December 13th, the Senate passed a new spending bill that includes a provision to suspend the July 2013 changes to the 34 hour restart rule. Drivers will no longer have to be off duty for two consecutive 1 am to 5 am periods for a restart to be valid. And drivers will once again be able to use multiple restarts in a 7 day period.
President Obama is expected to sign the spending bill imminently. Once signed, the FMCSA will be required to issue a notice in the Federal Register announcing the suspension of the 1 am to 5 am and 168 hour requirements for 34 hour restarts.
We will be releasing an updated version of the KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook app in the coming days that will reflect the above mentioned changes. Once a driver updates to the latest version, any 34 hour consecutive off duty period will qualify as a restart.
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