Have you heard about the new Hours of Service provisions that are scheduled to take effect on July 1st, 2013? Are you prepared for how these new provisions will affect you?
Starting on July 1st, unless a lawsuit pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia blocks the new rules, the entire trucking industry is facing big changes. In December of 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) published a new final rule for hours of service. The rule is being implemented in two phases. The first phase took effect in February of 2012 and the next phase of guidelines is scheduled to take effect on July 1st.
FMCSA HOS Chart
FMCSA Regulations Chart
“Theoretically, the ultimate goal is to reduce fatigue-related crashes (and thereby improve safety) and is also to improve driver health” said Mason Wilson, president of the Traffic Club of Memphis. Do you feel the new guidelines will increase safety, or cause more problems than good?
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