Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was able to attach language into the year-end omnibus-spending bill that would suspend the new federal regulation requiring truckers to get two nights sleep in a row before starting a workweek. Under those rules, after working 70 hours over eight days, drivers were required to rest for 34 hours before beginning a new workweek, and have two consecutive nights of rest periods between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. Even with the language, drivers are still limited to 14 hours of work a day, of which only 11 hours can be behind the wheel, and they must still take at least one 30 minute break. They are still required to be off-duty for 34 hours at the end of the workweek, but they no longer have to have rest periods between 1:00 am and 5:00 am on consecutive days. This now means that in an 8-day period that drivers could work as many as 82 hours.
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