Do I Have to Use the New 34-Hour Restart?

The how, when, and why of using the 34-hour restart rule vs. the recapture rule may be crystal clear to you. If so, this “refresher” is not for you. However, with the July 1st Hours of Service rules changes now in effect, it seemed like a perfect time to confirm what has and has not changed where the 34-hour restart is concerned.

Starting fresh with the 34-hour restart rule

Whether you’re operating on a 60/7 or 70/8, the 34-hour restart resets your weekly hours.

To do that, you must be off-duty for a minimum 34-hours—and to qualify, your restart must include two 1AM – 5AM rest periods. Additionally, you may only use it once every 168 hours from the beginning of your last restart.

Want to take advantage of the 34-hour restart rule? Then, that off-duty stretch must include two 1AM-5AM periods.

When you’ve successfully completed your 34-hour restart, you can then spring back into action on your now new Day 1. Meaning, you no longer need to factor in the on-duty hours you logged during the previous seven or eight days.

Remember, while the 34-hour restart rule allows you to reset your weekly hours—you’re not required to use it.

You can also regain those critical on-duty hours using a recap.

Regaining hours with the recapture rule

Let’s take a look at a hypothetical scenario…

Chuck Norriz hauls freight for a national martial arts supplier, and he must adhere to the 70-hour/8-day rule. That means he can’t exceed 70 hours of on-duty time in eight consecutive days, including today.

Let’s say he drove just under 10 hours a day for seven days in a row, and let’s say he logged a total of 69 on-duty hours of his available 70 in that time frame.

When midnight rolls around, the hours he logged on Day 1 drop off—we’ll say 9-1/2 hours—and he recaptures them. He can then add those newly recaptured hours to the one unused hour from the day before.

That means he now has a total of 10-1/2 available on-duty hours to get that new supply of black belts to martial arts retailers along the west coast.

The only thing that can stop Chuck Norriz? Chuck Norriz. Well, that and HOS rules.

What does all of this mean for you?

If you (or your dispatcher) are master planners, you may go months before you have to take a 34-hour restart. In fact, if you’re really good, you may never need to use it.

Like we said, the 34-hour restart isn’t mandatory.

It’s simply a tool you can use if the recap won’t give you enough hours and you need to front-load time for the days ahead.

 

21 thoughts on “Do I Have to Use the New 34-Hour Restart?

  1. This might sound stupid, but in your scenario with Chuck Norriz, if he logged 69 hours in 7 days, how could he pick up hours for the next day, which would be his 8th day. if you are only allowed 70 hours in 8 days? The next day would be the 8th day on his log book. Wouldn’t he only have 1 hour available for the 8th day?

    “Let’s take a look at a hypothetical scenario…

    Chuck Norriz hauls freight for a national martial arts supplier, and he must adhere to the 70-hour/8-day rule. That means he can’t exceed 70 hours of on-duty time in eight consecutive days, including today.

    Let’s say he drove just under 10 hours a day for seven days in a row, and let’s say he logged a total of 69 on-duty hours of his available 70 in that time frame.

    When midnight rolls around, the hours he logged on Day 1 drop off—we’ll say 9-1/2 hours—and he recaptures them. He can then add those newly recaptured hours to the one unused hour from the day before.

    That means he now has a total of 10-1/2 available on-duty hours to get that new supply of black belts to martial arts retailers along the west coast.”

  2. If I begin a restart on Saturday at noon and I start back to work on Monday at 5am I can reset my hours for this week. The following week I go off duty at 5pm on Friday (understanding that my restart wont begin until noon on Saturday) I start back at 5am on Monday again. At the end of the second week when can I begin my restart? Is it noon Saturday because I worked a Saturday 2 weeks ago or is it 5pm Friday because that is the begining of the rest period for my last restart?

  3. I had to take a 34 hr reset on Wednesday. I drove Thursday and Friday to get to my delivery point on Friday. I don’t reload until Monday. does this mean I just start Monday with the hrs I left off with on Friday? that’s crap. why are they doing changing the rule. this means I have to take my restarts in the middle of the week.

  4. Can you explain the recapture hours process in detail please? I am new to trucking and I am OTR Driver doing the 70/8 log books.. Solo Driver and if dispatch has there way I will use ever last hour I can …

  5. i work mon thru fri. sat and sun usually off. does that give me a restart every monday or every other monday?
    the rule states that i have to work 168 hours after I restart before i can gain another restart. this is confusing. I asked 3 different companies safety officers including mine and have gotten 2 different answers, 2 say no, 1 says yes. i believe that it only gives me a restart every other week. please answer and confirm

    • Wherever your restart starts, you have to count 168 hours until you’re eligible again. That’s just the cycle.

      So, if you’re hitting the max driving duty time every day, then you’ll be forced to take resets. For example, if you max out at 11/14, you’re going to need to do a reset almost every 5 days–and you can’t under current rules.

      If you’re using duty time of about 8.75 hours a day, then you can go almost to infinity before you need a reset. You’ll drop off the right amount every day and be able to get hours back through the recap.

      So, whether or not you need those resets really depends on how much duty time you’re logging each day.

  6. If the choice to restart or not is voluntary, why is there no way (to my knowledge) to make this choice in the XRS or Xata platforms?

    • Thanks for your question, John. We’re going to forward a PDF via email that will take you through this process step-by-step. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help! Thanks again. -Sarah

      • Hi I am a dispatcher and I am confuse about the recap and how to use it when my drivers are trying to use the 168 hours rules? Thank you.

        • Thanks for your question! The rule states that if you take a weekly reset it must: 1) be a minimum of 34 hours, 2) contain two 1-5 AM periods and 3) not be taken more than 168 hours from the beginning of the reset.

          So if you start a reset at 7 PM tonight and get 34 hours and two 1-5 AM periods in, you cannot take the next reset until 7 PM 7 days later ( 7X24 = 168).

          Now, for planning purposes, you can still take advantage of the Recapture and pickup hours from log days that drop off–which, when planned, may push out when you may need to take a reset.

          Does that answer your question?

          • So from the recap what drops off is the eighth day? So that means you’ll be on the ninth day of work correct?

          • If today is your Day 1 and you’re running on a 70/8, then you’ll need to calculate your on-duty hours for Day 1, plus the previous seven days; meaning Day 1 – Day 8. When you advance to the next day, which becomes your new Day 1, your previous Day 8 becomes Day 9 and drops off your log–and those are the on-duty hours that you’ll recapture. We’re actually working on a blog post about this right now and we’ll have some illustrations that might help you visualize this better. Thanks for your question!

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