FMCSA Sued Over Lack of Driver Training Rule

By James Jaillet

    A coalition of highway safety and labor advocates have brought a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not heeding congressional requirements for an entry-level driver training rule.

    The suit was filed Sept. 18 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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Late yesterday, December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  Upon signature, two provisions of the 34-hour restart rule were suspended.  So what does this mean?  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:


·         Drivers utilizing the 34-hour restart do NOT have to include two consecutive periods off-duty between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.  As long as a driver is off for 34 consecutive hours, regardless of the time of day, the driver can reset the weekly clock.

·         Drivers may take the 34-hour restart multiple times per week.  They are no longer restricted to taking the restart only once every 168 hours (or seven days).


Please note that this is a temporary suspension that will be in place through September 30, 2015 while FMCSA conducts a formal study.  All other provisions of the hours of service rules remain the same.  ATA will post additional information on our website as it becomes available.
If you have any questions please contact our office at 907-276-1149.




We often talk about large loads on Alaska highways, and here’s a video of a load that traveled the Parks Highway last week. This load was 215 feet long overall, 21 feet wide and 18 feet high and had a preliminary weight estimate of 410,000 pounds.

The ability to move goods across the state is a vital part of Alaska’s economy. We build infrastructure in our state to be able to accommodate such loads.

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(Video by John Paulson, ADOT&PF)









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