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 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods for a restart to be valid. And drivers will once again be able to use multiple restarts in a seven 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 a.m. to 5 a.m. and 168 hour requirements for 34-hour restarts.
We will be releasing an updated version of the Motive 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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