# Chart shows just how long a 34-hour restart actually takes

| July 26, 2013

An interactive infographic posted this week on the Journal of Commerce shows how complying with the hours-of-service rule changes that went into effect July 1 can impact a trucker’s work week and how many actual hours a “34-hour” restart can take out of a driver’s schedule.

Among other changes — like a mandatory 30-minute break after eight on-duty hours — drivers must now include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods in their 34-hour restart before they can begin a new 70-hour week. Prior to July 1, drivers could take the 34-hour restart whenever they wanted and multiple times a week. Now drivers are limited to one 34-hour restart a week.

As noted in the JOC article, for drivers to attain a restart that satisfies the minimum 34 hours and only that, a driver would have to end his workweek within a 6-hour window between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Aiding in the math is a chart that allows drivers to select what time they would go off duty at the end of their week. The chart then shows when a driver would be allowed to resume work and begin his or her next 70-hour week.

For instance, if a driver ended his or her workweek at 3 p.m., he or she would not be able to resume work until 5 a.m. two days later, resulting in a 38-hour restart.

If a driver ended his work week at 2 a.m., however, he also wouldn’t be able to resume work until 5 a.m., resulting in a 51-hour restart period.

Displayed below is a PDF from the Journal of Commerce showing how ending a workweek too early or too late could cost a driver an additional 17 hours during a restart. It also shows the other scenarios for a restart, and how much time it will cost drivers to end their workweek at a certain time.

• No Reform

oh! A handy chart to figure this crap out?? Great.

• TomH

The chart is technically correct, but fails to factor in the impact of time zones. If the example driver’s home base was in California (Pacific time) and the driver was operating in the Eastern zone the start time could happen until 8a. (That’s On-Duty to do the pre-trip plus drive time to the shipper/receiver) Think about NYC or DC traffic at 5a vs. 8:30a and you get the picture.

Thank you Anne Ferro!

• FuelHauler

It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race and sex, but it is apparently legal to discriminate against morning people. Thanks to new DOT HOS that force arbitrary times of 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM into my 34 hour reset calculation, for me to avoid peak traffic, now I get to drive late at night when I am sleepy instead of early morning when I am wide awake. Thanks for helping to decrease safety.

• Name

you know , Im sure glad I dont drive anymore . I drove a long time . This is one of the reasons why Im in a office . The HOS and the new trucks falling apart .These drivers arent goin to be able to support their families . The owner operators are going to take longer to make a living and never truly be able to go home with a clear mind .They need to up the rates and detentions to compensate the time the owners have to give up . This isint going to be a family operation no more . The driver is always going to be in the truckstop and out of hours just to make it home . My heart goes out to U all . We are at a sad state right now .

• Steve

Two more years and this Industry will be history for me.

• James

What would be wrong with just telling the driver where the load needs to go and when it needs to be there,and letting the DRIVER decide when he/she needs to drive and sleep? Seems to me that if the shipper gets a distance from pick-up to deliver,and figure a base mph average speed,couldn’t the shipper then get a rough idea of how much time to expect for delivery? I believe MOST drivers have no desire to stack up a perfectly good rig by trying to beat the expected delivery time by a ridiculous amount;all the concern I see and hear from drivers about safe operation,the risk of driving tired or too fast,etc. shows that most drivers WANT to be safe drivers,but that can’t happen with some pencil pusher in DC deciding what’s “safe” for the drivers out there. The Feds have taken away the Trucker’s ability to be the Captain of his ship. (Granted,a lot of the newer drivers would have to learn additional skills the older and more experienced drivers already know,but it’d STILL be a better way to go.)

• kenny

don t forget u have to use all ur 70 hrs b for reset ?

• ben

safety out the door now carriers will maximize the 70hrs per week because your not allowed to restart before the seventh day. Talk about drivers being in a hurry!

• M.j. Zuzich

This is just the latest chapter in a saga that goes from the ridiculous to the sublime. The day that saw deregulation discard the fitness requirement for motor carriers and then focus instead on driver scrutiny in place of co. management review invited this latest log book nonsense that has little to do with safety and everything to do with compliance.

• mike

Yeah, don’t have to worry about that if you don’t hit seventy hours, gotta manage time very carefully. Yesterday, had load from FT Worth to San Antonio, was just about at 8 hours of work, almost need to take a mando 30 min break on the outskirts of San Antonio. That is just dumb plain and simple, along with the 1-5 am requirement. Heck with it, the feds don’t follow the law with respect to privacy, immigration, trafficking weapons to other countries, weed smoking and possession in CO, CA, and WA. What makes me special in having to follow the law. Toby Keith said it best, streak in the night, catch me if you can.

• 2wildT

I’ve been shutting it down late night to minimize the damage of the new restart requirements…..it still hurts….it’s just too much down time if not started at 7 pm or later. I don’t mind the new 30 minute requirement, I shut down every day for at least one solid meal a day anyway, have for years.

• Jon McLaughlin

You do not have to use up all of your 70 hours. You can not start a restart until you have 7 consecutive calendar days in your log book. You could take several days off during your 7 days and still start a restart at the end of the 7th day.

• big72thunder

I drive from Florida to California solo.

Before the 34 hr restart change,I could do 3 trips per month.

Now I can only do 2.

This cuts my pay 1000.00 dollars per month.

My house is now in forecloser an there is nothing I can do about it.

I cant get any aid because I have a job that pays more than the government says is poverty level.

Thanks to the new rules more people that are trying to keep their head above water cant.

I still cant stand people that have never had their butts in a truck seat making rules for those of use that do.

I have been driving for 40 years and have no choice but to hang it up and go on well fare as the things that I have worked for all my life are being sold off and my home is no longer a home,but just a fading dream.

Thank you Mr. Obama.

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• Catfish

YOU are in an office and don’t even know correct grammar. Go figure.

• Catfish

Simply put, DEREGULATION led to more REGULATION 30 years later! The only thing for certain in the trucking industry is change, and it’s not for the better.

• flood

if your “house is now in forecloser” you had money problems long before this change happened

• No Reform

He qualifies for dispatcher..no brain needed.

• Roger

I agree but the shipper doesn’t know if you have been driving for eight hours before you are there to pick up their load. The driver or the dispatcher are the only ones that know this and should be the ones making the decision.

• hobo

going on “a” well fare? i.e. a good paying fare? you drive cab?

• Darek

hahaha!

• DW

Love the chart! I’m going to check out JOC.com for more!

• BIG JUNE

• Truckin727

This hurts us local drivers too. Most of our work starts at 2am. so by this we can only work 5 days a week.

• Steve

All of you that are putting a trucker brother down for grammar infractions are the reason there is no common sense in this industry anymore. SHAME ON YOU!! I would gladly work for that dispatcher.
Thanks “Name” and yes, we are in a sad state of affairs right now.
God Bless you and yours. Keep on Trucking!!

Well I’t not the rates need to go up as much as the government regulating hours and everyone sticking their hands in the drivers pocket. why is frieght paying 4 bucks a mile and the broker keeps 2.50 a mile? drivers need to stick together and if you find a driver hauling frieght for a buck or a buck 20. slash some tires and leave a note. no more cheap frieght assh*le

• chrisbuda

I’m shock, you been driving 40 years and can’t make end meets, u should be getting pay high millage rates and so on

• wrenchmonkey

does anybody remember the movie CONVOY???

• mousekiller

Good way for you to end up crippled and in pain for the rest of your life.

• tommy

Do you have to do the first 8hrs in the sleeper on a 34hr restart