US Hours of Service Resets Revert Back to Old Rules


Effective immediately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will revert back to its original reset provision irrespective of the time of day the resets are taken. Also suspended is the provision that limits drivers to the use of the reset more than once per week. FMCSA made the official announcement as a result of provisions contained in the Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill.

The original reset provisions will remain effective until further notice. Please note the 30 minute rest break provision has not been suspended and compliance is required.

For complete details from FMCSA and guidance provided to enforcement officials, please refer to the FMCSA memo dated today, by clicking here.

For truck drivers operating into the U.S. from Canada the resets taken in Canada will only require drivers to be in compliance with the Canadian 36 hour off-duty provisions (meeting the two periods of 1 am to 5 am prior to entering the U.S., or only utilizing the reset once per week is no longer required).   For truck drivers entering Canada from the United States, it will be business as usual in terms of compliance with the reset provisions whereby they require a 36 hour reset to be in compliance with Canadian hours of service rules.

OTA will continue to monitor all issues related to this file report back to the membership with appropriate information.

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