The 34-Hour rule has been through a lot of changes through the years. The last major change was in 2013 when it was determined that the hours are not sufficient for the drivers to rest. It then included two 1am to 5 am periods and was limited to once per week.
That didn’t go well with the driver and fleet owners, though. They complained that the new requirements are disrupting the work schedules and with that they put more trucks on the highway during morning rush hour, creating more traffic.
The rule was review by the Congress and through extensive data research collected by the electronic log devices and the drivers, it showed that there is no real benefit of the rule. So, in December 2014 it was suspended, but the trucking industry was waiting for an official report from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
But the word out is that the Department of Transportation’s Office of the inspector General, has send the report to the new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and it is awaiting just a signature to officially revoke the 34-hour rule.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Owner -Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), welcomed the report, stating once more that the rule had no real input into the drivers’ safety on the road.