House set to consider bill to reform hours of service, block Safety Fitness rule, nix state-required trucker breaks

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The House’s Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to send to the full House a Department of Transportation funding package that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

The bill also would halt the DOT’s work on its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking and would prevent states from enforcing any state-enacted laws governing state-enacted breaks for truckers.

Despite strong vocal opposition to all three major trucking measures during the committee’s meeting and an amendment brought to strike all three in one swoop, the controversial trucking-related riders made the cut.

The hours of service provisions would, if made law, revert hours of service restart rules for truckers to those in effect in December 2011. A 34-hour restart would not be required to include the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and its use would not be limited to once a week. The 30-minute break requirement would still be in effect, however, and would be the lone remaining element of the hours of service changes that went into effect in July 2013.

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