FMCSA Driver Restart Study to Analyze Impacts of HOS Rule Changes on Trucker Fatigue

January 31, 2015

In light of last month’s changes to federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently looking for participants in its Driver Restart Study, which will be focused on evaluating whether and/or how the HOS rule changes may impact trucker fatigue and public safety on the roads.

In particular, the FMCSA Driver Restart Study will be tracking the following factors over the course of five months:

  • Safety critical events related to commercial trucks
  • Truck drivers’ fatigue and level of alertness
  • Truckers’ health.

HOS Rule Changes that Sparked FMCSA Driver Restart Study

The FMCSA Driver Restart Study will focus on evaluating if and/or how recent HOS rule changes will impact trucker fatigue and public safety on the roads.

The FMCSA Driver Restart Study will focus on evaluating if and/or how recent HOS rule changes will impact trucker fatigue and public safety on the roads.

The specific HOS rule changes that have been the primary driving force behind initiating the FMCSA Driver Restart Study relate to the recent suspension of the 34-hour restart period for drivers’ work weeks. In particular, with the recent HOS rule changes, truck drivers can now:

  • Restart their work weeks multiple times in a given calendar week
  • Have more discretion regarding when they take certain breaks or rest periods
  • Work up to 82 hours in a given calendar week (which is significant extension of the 60- to 70-hour limits that had been imposed on drivers’ work weeks when the 34-hour restart period was in effect).

These HOS rule changes were brought about when Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 (which was primarily related to budget issues but included a provision regarding changing the HOS rules).

Although the relaxing of these federal regulations has been welcomed by the trucking industry and others, regulators are now poised to assess whether trucker fatigue-related accidents will increase due to these changes. As the results of the FMCSA Driver Restart Study become available, we will report them to you here.

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