FMCSA Field Study on the Efficacy of the New Restart Provision for Hours of Service

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law a new two year transportation reauthorization bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (“MAP-21”; P.L. 112-141). This new law includes many important provisions intended to help the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its important mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Many of the provisions in MAP-21 track the Agency’s strategic framework to improve commercial motor vehicle safety by supporting its three core principles:

  1. Raise the bar to enter the industry and operate on our roads;
  2. Hold motor carrier and drivers to the highest safety standards to continue operations; and
  3. Remove the highest risk drivers, vehicles, and carriers from our roads and prevent them from operating.

A recent update to this law took effect January 30, 2014. The FMCSA transmitted a report on the field study on the efficacy of the restart provisions of the final Hours of Service rules. These rules, which were published on December 27, 2011, are applicable to operators of commercial motor vehicles hauling property, who are subject to maximum driving time requirements established by DOT. The report describes the design, methods, research findings, and conclusions of the field study. This report is required by Section 32301 of MAP-21.

MAP-21 took effect October 1, 2012. The new law provides $561 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and $572 million in FY 2014 for the Agency’s administrative expenses and grant programs. The Agency is beginning to reach out to stakeholders as it continues to implement this law and invites your feedback. Please email your comments to fmcsamap21@dot.gov.

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