FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Oct. 1 that the agency has finished collecting data for its study of the hours-of-service restart provision and that it expects to issue a final report to Congress by year’s end.

Following study requirements set forth by Congress, FMCSA collected data to compare five-month work schedules of drivers to assess safety critical events, including crashes, near-crashes, and crash-relevant conflicts, as well as operator fatigue/alertness, and short-term health outcomes of drivers who operate under the HOS restart provisions in effect between July 1, 2013, and Dec. 15, 2014, and those drivers who operate under the provisions as in effect prior to July 1, 2013.

The agency did not issue any preliminary findings, but said it was pleased with the high volume of data collected.

Congress temporarily suspended the 34-hour restart provision last December in an appropriations bill and directed FMCSA to study the operational, safety, health and fatigue aspects of the new restart provisions compared with prior law. Until that report is issued, the 34-hour restart provision remains suspended.



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