FAQ HOURS OF SERVICE 34-HOUR RESTART
The rule says a driver can only have one restart in every 7-day (168-hour) period. When does the 7-day/168-hour clock
The rule requires that a driver not start their next restart break until 168 hours have passed since the start of the driver’s last restart break. So, if a driver started their last restart at 8 pm on Friday night, the earliest the driver could start their next restart break would be 8 pm the following Friday.
Does this new rule mean that a driver cannot be given 34 hours or more off more than once per week?
No. Drivers can have off all the time they and their companies agree to. The only issue is that a driver who gets two or more breaks in a 7-day period that qualify as restarts must indicate which one (if any) is to be considered the restart.
Since the restart can only be taken once per week (every 168 hours), what happens if I run out of hours 5 days after my
You can start driving again as soon as you have hours available under the 70 hour limit based on your recap or you get a 34-hour restart once you wait more than 168 hours from the start of your last restart.
Is a restart going to be required when a driver runs out of hours?
No, a driver taking a restart after running out of hours has never been required. If a driver runs out of hours today he can do a 34-hour restart or he can run on the hours he picks up off his 70 hour recap at midnight. There is no requirement that a driver take a restart at any time. If the driver has hours available under his recap, the driver can continue to drive.
Does the restart have to be taken at the driver’s home or home terminal to be considered a valid restart?
No, it does not. There has been some confusion on this as the rules require that the restart be taken in the driver’s home terminal time. What this means is the restart period must be based on the driver’s log time and not local time. Since all PTL drivers are based out of Murray KY they must log on Central Standard Time. All of the entries on your logs should be shown in Central time including your 34-hour restart.
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