Trucking Hours of Service

The hours a truck driver may spend behind the wheel per day or work per week are a basic building block of any supply chain. Shortening those hours can not only cut into a truck driver’s earnings but make delivering goods on-time while maintaining lean inventories even more difficult for motor carriers and costly for shippers.

Changes to the U.S. hours-of-service rules for truck drivers that took effect July 1 certainly reduce weekly driving time for some truckers, especially long-haul tractor-trailer operators. Although truckers will still be able to drive 11 hours and work 14 hours per day, their ability to use a 34-hour restart will be restricted.

As truck drivers feel the the clock eating into miles, motor carriers will be pressured to increase driver pay to compensate and to keep drivers. Drivers may become even harder to hire and keep on the payroll. Shippers may have to adjust their supply chains and cooperate more closely with carriers or pay higher rates.

There’s no question that hours-of-service rules could affect everything from a driver’s weekly paycheck to when a shipment from Chengdu arrives in Sheboygan — and the origin-to-destination cost of that shipment for the shipper. Cargo owners and carriers need to work closely together to keep supply chains running on time.

Key Stories:

News & Analysis

20 Jun 2016
U.S. regulators are taking further steps toward a rulemaking on the detention of truck drivers by shippers and their customers.
10 Jun 2016
The NFI Industries case is unusual, but not the first such whistleblower action in trucking.
31 May 2016
The battle over truck driver hours-of-service and the 34-hour restart will likely roll into a House-Senate conference committee this summer.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weight
19 Feb 2016
The International Maritime Organization’s controversial container weight mandate could exacerbate the U.S. truck driver shortage and crimp supply chains far inland from U.S. ports.
20 Jan 2016
U.S. truck driver hours-of-service rules suspended by Congress won’t be put back in place any time soon, and not without consultation with trucking “stakeholders,” a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official told trucking and logistics executives today.
17 Dec 2015
U.S. trucking interests won one battle and lost another on Capitol Hill this week after negotiators agreed to an omnibus appropriations bill requiring industry regulators to meet new standards before re-imposing certain suspended hours-of-service restrictions, but did not provide for an increase in tandem trailer length long pursued by trucking companies.

Commentary

The proposed rule linking truckers' safety ratings to CSA data is an Internet-age vision, but more clarity is needed when it comes to the data and processes that would support it.