DOT to Audit Truck Loading and Unloading Delays

June 16, 2016

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Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation
Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has initiated an audit of commercial motor vehicle loading and unloading delays in response to provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, which became law late last year.

The DOT IG said that the FAST Act directs the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue regulations on collecting data on loading and unloading delays. The law also directs DOT to report on the impact of loading and unloading delays in areas such as the economy and efficiency of the transportation system.

“Accordingly, we are initiating this audit,” said DOT IG in a statement issued June 16. “Our objectives will be to (1) assess available data on motor carrier loading and unloading delays and (2) provide information on measuring the potential effects of loading and unloading delays.”

DOT noted that while hours-of-service regulations limit the number of hours a driver can work per day to 14 hours, “delays at shipping and receiving facilities during cargo loading and unloading may result in travel delays and lost wages for drivers. Truckers who experience these delays may then drive faster to make deliveries within hours-of-service limits or operate beyond these limits and improperly log their driving time, thus increasing the risk of crashes and fatalities.”


  1. 1. Craig [ June 17, 2016 @ 11:03AM ]

    No doubt this has been a issue through the years and if it was a perfect world everything would work like clock work. But...Highway contruction causes delays, accidents cause delays, weather causes delays and the list goes on. Any time the Government gets involved in trying to correct a public issue it costs business more money to operate.
    a lesson to be learned in this less than perfect world, lets start with the delays and problems and clean them up first and eliminate all the non commonsence laws that create a lot of these problems to start with then start on something that is a issue outside the then "perfect government" . Get to work and let the public know how it goes.

  2. 2. Leslie Auger [ June 17, 2016 @ 07:31PM ]

    23 years of driving and to the best of my knowledge this is the first time the DOT has used it's head instead of it's seat to think with. Delays at shippers and recivers cost us thousands every year if we follow the Dumb Dot reg's, especially the 14 hour rule.

  3. 3. Idle Rig Solutions [ June 18, 2016 @ 11:19AM ]

    It will be interesting to see the impact this has on lumper fees. Will this be used by business as justification to expand their use of lumpers (and their fees)? Or will this actually reduce detention time for drivers, and get them back on the road faster?


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