Reducing Truck Driver Fatigue Will Eventually Increase Costs for Consumers

Yes, the new rules of the road are designed to have a positive impact by reducing truck driver fatigue and improving driver safety. But are they designed to increase costs for consumers? No, not on the fore front anyway.
However, according to research conducted by the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute the new hours-of-service rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which went into place July 1, lessens the maximum number of weekly driving hours from 82 to 70 and require a 30-minute rest break before the eighth hour on duty. This new rule could slow the transportation of products or force companies to add more truckers to the road, causing an eventual increase in their carrier rates. Carriers anticipate passing on the costs to their customers in the long term.

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