Beginning July 1, 2013, the new 34 hour restart rule will take effect, as will the mandatory 30 minute break after 8 hours driving. How is the 34 hour restart changing? The new rule will limit the maximum number of hours a driver can work, to 70 hours per week, by limiting when and how often a driver can take a “restart.” The change will require that the restart period include two periods of 1:00 am to 5:00 am, which could force some drivers to be off duty for longer than 34 hours to get a valid restart. The change will also limit the use of the restart to once in any 168-hour period. The 168 hours is seven days based on the time right now. The rule specifically says that a driver cannot start another restart until 168 hours has passed since the start of his or her last restart. Also, if the driver has multiple 34-hour periods off within a 7 day period, the driver will need to indicate on the log or time records which one of the 34-hour periods is being counted as the restart. So, given this explanation of the new 34 hour restart rules, are you in favor of the change or not? Please vote in our poll, and give you reasons within the discussion thread.