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New HOS rule begins Monday; restart, break different; everyone has clean restart slate

Commercial vehicle drivers will find two things different Monday. They will be able to take a 34-hour restart only once every 168 hours and the restart must include two 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m. periods.

By LYNDON FINNEY
The Trucker Staff

6/28/2013

WASHINGTON — All truckers are reminded that two new Hours of Service provisions will be enforced effective one second into Monday, July 1.

Thos provisions include two new restrictions to the 34-hour restart.

Effective Monday, each 34-hour restart must include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods and a 34-hour restart can only be taken once every 168 hours, or seven days.

However, there is good news for anyone who ended his or her last restart less than 168 hours prior to 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Everyone starts with a clean slate beginning July 1, a spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Sunday.

So even if a trucker ended a restart as late as 11:55 p.m. Sunday, he or she could take the first restart under the new provision as early this week as he or she chooses.

The other new rule that will be enforced effective Monday is the required 30-minute break, which must be taken no more than eight hours after being on duty.

Truckers are encouraged to remember they can be on duty no more than eight hours before taking a break. In other words, if the break is taken too early in the 14-hour duty cycle, the trucker might have o take two 30-minute breaks to be legal.

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