Before the Hours of Service changes took effect on July 1st, carriers and drivers alike worried that the changes would have a negative impact on their businesses. Since they went into effect, those same parties have been claiming that their worries became reality. Now enough time has passed that fleets have gathered specific data that prove their claims.
At the ATA’s Management Conference this past week, numbers were released that showed exactly how much the changes influenced driver productivity. Derek Leathers, the president of Werner Enterprises, claimed that the new HOS rules have cut Werner drivers’ productivity by an average of 2-3%. His team drivers are 6% less productive.
This not only impacts Werner’s bottom line, but has a direct correlation to how many miles truckers are driving, and therefore how much their getting paid.
Steve Gordon, COO for Gordon Trucking didn’t give any specific numbers, but claimed that his drivers have “lost productivity” and that it has been costing his drivers money.
Also voicing their concern were many others including executives from Knight Transportation and J.B. Hunt.
No official word yet on whether these changes are achieving their stated goal of reducing accidents.
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