July 1st marked the start of the new HOS rules and already the smooth transition predicted by the FMCSA has had a bit of a shaky start. While it’s too early to have any concrete figures released, individual drivers are having issues pop up everywhere.
Our forums are exploding with drivers asking for clarification on the rules, and even among the most experienced drivers there is still some confusion as to the exact real-world application of the rules. While FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro has stated that the HOS changes will really only have a “significant effect” on 7-10% of drivers, the actual impact has been much more widely felt. It’s not only the coast-to-coast OTR guys who are impacted, it’s also the guys who spend long periods of time sitting at docks waiting to load or unload and many other drivers as well.
Outside of the industry there’s a general note of confusion regarding how much truckers are complaining about working fewer hours. If you told most of the working population in the United States that they were about to have the amount of hours they had to work cut by as much as 15%, there would be cheering. What those not in the industry don’t understand is that for truckers, every hour spent on the road equals more miles driven, which equals more money… and for many truckers, money is earned only by working as much as is humanly possible.
If you have a specific question about the new HOS rules, feel free to ask in the forum on in the comments section.
The following rule breakdown is taken straight from the website of the FMCSA:
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