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Congress includes trucker HOS suspension in 'cromnibus' spending bill

December 10, 2014

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The likelihoodthat truck drivers will have different hours of service rules and more time on the road next year increased yesterday when Congress included a rider that would suspend a portion of the 2013 HOS rules in its omnibus spending bill.

The House is expected to vote on that $1.013 trillion bill by midnight Dec. 11, though a very short-term extension of one or two days may be required to get the bill through the Senate, according to Reuters. Unless President Obama vetoes the bill, the HOS rules will change.

A battle has been raging over the inclusion of an amendment that would suspend for one year the requirement that drivers include two back-to-back 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods in any 34-hour “restart” period. That restriction was included in the July 2013 hours of service rules.

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