We have previously written on this blog about the current situation in the trucking industry with respect to federal hours-of-services rules. Hours-of-Service rules, for readers who don’t know, are the regulations which dictate how many hours truckers are able to legally spend behind the wheel in any given day and week, as well as the length and frequency of rest breaks. Since last summer, the big issue for the trucking industry has been dealing with the changes caused by an amendment to the 34-hour restart provision.
Under the previous rule, truckers were able to restart their work week by taking a 34-hour break. The amendment, however, made it mandatory for truckers to take two rest periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. before restarting their work week. The amendment also limited the restart to once every 168 hours.