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How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

July 23, 2013

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We've had several weeks now on the new hours of service rules. We'll have a feature in our August issue about what the impact looks like so far, but it seems that it really depends on what type of operation you're in.

If you're a high-output truckload fleet with drivers out on the road for weeks at a time, or operating a lot at night, it could be a real hit to your productivity. In fact, Noel Perry with FTR Associates said the nominal effect of both changes in the restart provision is to reduce productivity by 14% for affected carriers.

For others, it's not that big a deal. Since relatively few carriers will be affected, the net effect is more like 2.5%, Perry said.

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We asked about the impact on our Facebook page and got a variety of responses:

  • I get a 30 min nap every day now
  • The mandatory lunch is preventing me from getting all my deliveries done on my busy days.
  • 30 min break makes harder to plan day but gives me time to actually eat my sandwich while my kitty eats his lunch.
  • Not, we are making it work when we deliver to customers hasn't effected the movers a bit
  • The new reset has caused me to miss routes and lose days of work. About a $1000 so far. It's hard in the food industry. We work at night a lot. I hope it goes back to the way it was
  • 34-hour restarts are lowering our company's income as our cross-country drivers need more time to complete their runs. 30 minute breaks don't have an impact as that time is used to eat lunch
  • Hasn't, I was taking cat naps b4, only need to make sure I log them now
  • No affect for me
  • The 34-hour restart is a killer, considering I primarily drive at night, doing overnight expedited freight.
  • I get to waste 30 minutes every night & get back on the road sleepy. Way to go FMCSA.

What about you? Now that we've got several weeks under our belt, how are you adjusting to the new rules? Please share your experiences and any tips on how to deal with the changes in the comments below.

Comments

  1. 1. Curtis Todd [ July 24, 2013 @ 06:05AM ]

    Being a small fleet owner and not having relief drivers i lose revenue by my trucks sitting that extra time doing a restart that now applys to OTR drivers

  2. 2. Scott [ July 24, 2013 @ 08:41AM ]

    Being a nighttime linehaul driver I'm losing out on 1 run a week on my sixth night at a cost of $170 per run due to not being able to restart. Also I have to recap now which makes it imparative that I keep a very close eye on my hours available knowing one missed push of the button of the elogs could affect what I can do 7 days down the road. I'm losing money but also putting more stress to utilize my available hours which can be affected by a train, traffic jam, or accident.
    I get off work Saturday morning, so when I take a Friday night off I still can't take a restart because it can't start till Saturday morning even though I will be off for 60 hours with 2 good nights of sleep
    As for the 30 minute break, working night you just want to get going and get the job done. It's kind of a state of urgency frame of mind. By having to take that break in the middle of the night it breaks that momentum you have and makes the rest of the night somewhat of a struggle to get thru
    I haven't found any positives to any of these rules like I did to the rules of 2004. It's a very discriminatory set of rules against night drivers.

  3. 3. Mark [ July 24, 2013 @ 09:00AM ]

    What it has meant for our drivers is 2.5 hours less of home time per week. Everyone is all stressed out trying to figure it out. They were much more relaxed and rested before the latest change.

  4. 4. Clinton [ August 16, 2013 @ 06:40AM ]

    I am getting less hometime now and I have lost an average of $200 a week in the new hour of service changes.

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Deborah Lockridge

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Truck journalist 21 years, joined us in 1998. Plans and coordinates editorial, specializes in maintenance, drivers and fleet operations.

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