The new federal hours-of-service (HOS) safety rules went into effect yesterday. Companies have had eighteen months to comply with these new safety standards. On July 1, 2013 companies had to be 100% compliant in their operations. The new rules are targeting driver fatigue and limiting the work week of professional DOT drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation is estimating that these changes will only affect 15% of the workforce. The advantages of the new rules are aimed at saving lives and preventing crashes by mitigating fatigued drivers.
After speaking with several carrier partners, a few have shared these changes will affect their capacity and service times. Although this may be the case for some carriers, this will not be the case for all carriers or Propak’s trucking operations.
We do not estimate there will be any negative effects from the changes in these rules. We have built a supply chain network based on flexibility across multiple relay points.
J.J Keller has provided a great article as a resource to help with the new HOS rules