new hours of service rule for truck driversA few days ago the USA Today released an article discussing the new rules limiting driver hours from 82 hours to 70 hours. The new rules took effect last July.

According to the article:

“Trucking companies say new rules that limit drivers’ hours are hobbling productivity, shaving wages and delaying deliveries. The crunch is pushing up freight rates, costs that are likely to be passed on to consumers in higher retail prices.”

This comes at a time when truck driver employment is at an all-time high and many companies are still trying to play catch up from the horrible weather many parts of the country experienced this winter.

The articles goes on to say:

“The rules are the latest blow to trucking productivity. Manufacturers and retailers are also building more distribution centers closer to customers. That has shortened the average truck haul and required more drivers to handle more frequent but less profitable deliveries, says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.”

This has definitely caused a two-sided argument with trucking companies. Your traditional long haul carriers are hiring more truck drivers and paying those more to offset the reduced hours. This ends up costing the carriers more money. On the other side you have carriers that specialize in shorter delivery routes that are hiring to take on the additional loads and their businesses are thriving.

To read the full article, go to USA Today.

Please share with us your experiences over the past 10 months. Are you experiencing a decline in your hours and pay? Do you like the new rules that are in place today?

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