September 12, 2019: (FR) Hours of Service of Drivers—Restart Provisions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is amending its Hours-of-Service requirements for drivers of property-carrying vehicles. The amendment will remove the provisions requiring that a 34 hour restart  include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and limiting use of a restart to once every 168 hours—provisions that were made public in December 2011.
A naturalistic study comparing the effects of the restart provisions in effect under the 2011 rule vs. the provisions in effect prior to the 2011 rule was completed in 2017. The study determined that there was no statistically significant benefits from the restart rule.  This final rule will be effective as of September 12, 2019.

Docket No. FMCSA–2004–19608