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Department of Transportation - Hours of Service Rules - 34-Hour Restart


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It is extremely important that your company is in full compliance with all DOT rules and regulations. This article will outline one critical rule in the Department of Transportations Hours of Service Rules, the 34-hour restart rule.

Drivers of commercial motor vehicles are required to stop driving once they have accumulated 60 on-duty hours in any 7 consecutive days, or 70 on-duty hours in any 8 consecutive days. A driver who has reached this limit must take time off before getting back behind the wheel.

Drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce have an option that allows them to reset their accumulated on-duty time. This option, known as the 34-hour restart provision, says that once a driver has 34 consecutive hours off duty, he/she may “restart" the 7/8-consecutive-day period. After the 34-hour period, the on-duty hours worked before that 34-hour period started no longer have to be considered when calculating the driver's 60/70-hour limit.

With 34 hours off, a driver should be able to obtain two periods of sleep and will be able to start the next shift at approximately the same time of day as his/her prior shift.

Effective October 1, 2005, a driver can use the 34-hour restart option no matter how many on-duty hours have accumulated. Prior to that date, drivers have to be under the 60/70-hour limit before starting the 34-hour off-duty period.

Drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles are not allowed to use the 34-hour restart provision. "JJ Keller Online - EZ Explanations"

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Noah Ostroff

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