Report: Hours of service rules will cost $322 million more yearly than agency says

| June 17, 2013

hours night truck stopA study released this week by the American Transportation Research Institute says that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has miscalculated the yearly cost-benefit of the upcoming hours-of-service rule changes by $322 million.

The hours of service rule changes — which were made final in December 2011 — will become effective July 1. The two provisions studied by ATRI are the new limit of one 34-hour restart per week and the requirement that two rest periods be taken each week between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The ATRI report  says that FMCSA says the industry will see a benefit of $133 million a year. According to ATRI’s calculations, however, the hours of service changes will actually cost the industry $189 million a year collectively — a $322 million discrepancy. ATRI’s yearly cost is based on what it calls a “conservative” measure that 15 minutes a week in productivity will be lost by the average driver.

ATRI says the difference in its calculation from the agency’s comes from the fact that FMCSA does not take into account lost work hours, the limiting of driver productivity, increased congestion on roadways, increased restart times and other costs.

Another key conclusion of ATRI’s report is that the 34-hour restart provisions are based on bad logbook data, as the data is gathered from carriers undergoing compliance reviews and safety audits, therefore skewing the data in favor of drivers who do not adhere to the hours of service limits.

ATRI is the research wing of the American Trucking Associations, and its study is based on

Click here to see a copy of ATRI’s full report.

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  • GMJL

    Why don’t they just go to a 36 hour reset and cannot drive past the 14th hour you cannot drive more than 13 hrs like the Canadians have and no more than a total 16 hour day with a 10 hour shut down. You must take 8 consecutive if you have had a total of 2 hrs off during the day in a minimum of 1/2 interval then the rules would be the same for both sides of the CDN and USA borders and keep the weights down to 105500 lbs gross or the equivalent in Canada which is roughly 478678kgs that would make sense and safer for everyone,

  • Webb Kline

    Why not simply stop trying to reinvent the wheel? We all know the real reason behind this crap, and it has nothing to do with safety.

  • unwildbill

    Studies have shown that, isolated from the outdoors and any clocks, that people fall into a 25 hr day, therefore swing shift workers should move to the later shift every week, keeps them in sync with the natural rythyms…..
    I’m usually starting each day earlier than the day before, since I rarely use the whole 14 while doing my 10-11, this is against the grain…….
    So why not try this:
    12 hrs driving in a 15 hr day, with an hour break where the new 1/2 hr break would be. Then 11 hrs off, can be split 8-3, or 9-2, or 8 1/2-2 1/2…..60 & 70 hr per week remain the same, then we’re more likely to move back an hour each day, more in sync!

  • Bam113

    It’s all bs, everybody works differently and everybody sleeps differently. Not every one can comply the same and be safe. I call b.s. on the new rules.

  • Voodoo Blue

    I dont understand why the FMCSA is making changes to something that isnt broken. The court said to “look”atthe hours of service, it didn’t say change them. The FMCSA uses bad data, wrong reserch, and still they think they are right. What a bunch of dumb asses

  • Ralph

    GMJL…. 478678 KG WOULD BE ABOUT 1,059,869 LBS. i’M THINKING THAT WOULD REQUIRE A 3512 CAT… 18 SPEED, 18 SPEED AUX, 3 SPEED REARENDS AND PLANETERY DRIVES. OR A LOCOMOTIVE !!

  • Sad

    Stop calling it or labeling ” 34 hr restart “. Just call it a restart ….. How stupid do you think we are [FMCSA] we can count. “Hours Of Service” don’t you mean “Hours of BS”. Thats right continue the insanity you know whats best for us. EOBRs mandates will be the nails on the coffin. At that moment we need to be paid by the hour, if not i’ll start flipping burgers.

  • martymarsh

    EVERYTHING is about the dollar, one agency lies and another one will swear to it. Washington will never be more corrupt than it is today, that goes for state and local also.

  • martymarsh

    I keep saying, you can’t regulate rest, now go to bed.

  • Mothertrucker

    I think it pays more flipping burgers nowdays. Regulation goes up, pay goes down. I started driving in 2000. pay was 27 cpm Wooo Whooo! that was Bank compared to now. I averaged about 3000 miles per week solo, didnt do to bad. My little bro, just started solo with 1 year otr exp.. He was offered 21 cpm and lucky 2000 miles per week. Who needs restarts. Next theyll say we can only drive from 8am to 10pm and offer us a whopping 3cpm for doing so, and tell us we should be happy to get 500 miles per week.

  • robert ponsler

    all it going to do is cost more load,s to be late and food to go bad and it is going to make driver,s run harder to make there load,s on time so there are going to be more accident all they do is make it harder for trucker we need to get some of the big weg,s out here to see what all us truck driver got to do in a week and maybe they will stop FUCKING WITH US AND ARE MONEY

  • Gene Campbell

    u know everyone is complaining but if you would just think and come together we have the power to change things, we just need to come together and do something about this whole thing. loose a little now and change things or loose everything latter, it your choise, put your money where your mouth is if you have what yu say you have or is everyone just talk talk talk, its your choice.

  • SBJ

    How do you legalize discrimination? I thought this would be brought out in the beginning of this new ruling, please consider this; If driver A is off work any time between 1:07am on Friday morning to noon, he can’t return to work until 5:00am Sunday morning. If driver B is off work any time afternoon on Friday all the way up to 1:00am Sat. morning, driver B can still go to work 5:00am Sunday morning. How is this not discriminating against driver A?

    The new rule is stating: get off work as early as you can on your Friday, and you cannot start until after two periods between 1:00am to 5:00am (great, lots of time off if you want it), but it’s also saying: work as late as you can on your Friday, and still start at 5:00am Sunday.

    Regarding Safety: Driver A benefits, driver B doesn’t.

    A simple mandatory 48 hours off would be better and non-discriminating.

  • Josef

    Never say never.

  • Josef

    This is what I been saying for years. But we are bunch of dumb asses and can’t unite. And the feds know this. If we would all shut down for three days things would be different. We all can loose three days of pay can’t we? Look what we can gain.

  • martymarsh

    Apparently you have no idea just how corrupt they are.

  • martymarsh

    So the big question is, after 13 years what are you making now? I was making 25 cents a mile back in 1980, but being that we want to be big riggers so bad with no idea what we are getting in to, most will drive for practically nothing. Not to be mean here, but if your brother gets in a truck for 21 cents a mile that is all he deserves, even with 3000 miles he would only make 630 bucks and that is before everything, and you wonder why no one is willing to pay?

  • SYDEWYNDER

    THE PEOPLE MAKING THE RULES ARE NOT THE PEOPLE WHO TO PUT UP WTH THESE INSANE RULES.
    I STILL THINK WE ALL SHOULD GO ON A FAMILY OUTING STARTING IN JULY AND NOT COME BACK UNTIL WE GET A WORKABLE HOURS OF SERVICE. THE ORINGINAL HOURS OF SERVICE WAS MORE PRACTICAL AND WOULD WORK OUT BETTER AND KEEP THE 34 HR RESTART AS IT IS. SINCE ARE FREEDOM O CHOICE IS AND HAS BEEN DENIED AT LEAST LET US HOW AND WHEN WE WANT TO DRIVE.

  • Gene Campbell

    Well sounds like therer mite be some people out there that beleive like i do so it makes me wonder where the trucking associations that are saposte to fight for us are. I guss they just want our money to or maybe they are working for the big guys to. So i still say talk is cheap so put your money where your mouth is or quit complaining, we have the power if we would just use it.

  • Manti, UT

    The ATA wants only the big companies in business and they are good at forcing out the owner-op. This is just another example of big money ruling out the small guy. More to come.

  • cw

    i say lets all park em on july first and have a little vacation for as long as we want and then take a nap. that should wake up the politicians