Thank you for your letter regarding hours of service rules for truck drivers. I share your concerns about trucking safety and the economic vitality of the trucking industry.
On December 13, 2014 Congress actually passed a spending bill for FY 2015. This bill provides funding for most of the Federal Government including the Department of Transportation (DOT). Paramount to the trucking industry is the suspension of the two most recent 34 hour restart rules.
Some interesting news from Washington this week (no seriously) in regards to the trucking industry. According to a new DOT plan, starting December 18, 2014 truck drivers will no longer be forced to file daily reports after routine pre and post trip inspections, as long as there aren’t safety defects or maintenance occurs.