Review the Highway Safety Coalition presentation on the new HOS rules here.
FMCSA published their revised Hours of Service (HOS) final rule 6/1/2020. Driver must operate under this new rule starting 9/29/2020. The final rule changes four provisions;
- Short Haul Exception
- Adverse Driving Conditions Exception
- 30-minute Break Requirement
- Sleeper Berth Provision
Seminars will discuss the four key revisions to the existing HOS Rules:
•The 30-minute break rule requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive driving
•The sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods
•The adverse driving conditions exception
•Changes to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers
Dates & Times
September 10, 2020 @ 9:00AM
September10, 2020 @ 1:00PM
September 22, 2020 @ 9:00AM
September 22, 2020 @ 1:00PM
To Register for a Seminar, go to:
costs were up across the board last year, costing fleets an average of
$71.78 per hour to run freight, according to the American Transportation
Research Institute’s latest Operational Costs of Trucking report.
2019 update to ATRI’s report looked at trucking industry operating
costs during 2018 which saw a robust economic environment for carriers
and drivers. While times were good for fleets overall, the economic boom
also put upward pressure on nearly every line-item cost center
experienced by carriers, according to ATRI.
found that a good economy, difficulties in finding and keeping drivers,
and increased fuel and insurance prices all contributed to
year-over-year cost increases. The average marginal cost per mile, which
includes costs due to fuel, equipment, maintenance, insurance, permits,
licenses, tires, tolls and driver wages and benefits, increased 7.7% in
2018 to $1.82 per mile.
went up in every category except tires, and fuel costs saw the largest
increase at 17.7%. Not far behind fuel cost increases, were insurance
costs at 12%. Driver wages and benefits continued to make up the largest
portion of operating costs and 2018 was a year of substantial driver pay increases industry wide.
wages and benefits increased 7.0% and 4.7% respectively as a strategic
response to the severe driver shortage that existed in 2018, according
to ATRI. On an hourly basis, average costs due to driver wages increased
from $21.97 to $23.50 in a single year. Benefits increased from $6.78
to $7.10 per hour. Wages and benefits represented 43% of all marginal
costs in 2018.
Repair and maintenance costs increased 24% since 2012 to 17.1 cents per mile on average.
numbers represent an average of the trucking industry, however ATRI’s
report also analyzes costs by sector which can have varying costs due to
the type of activity. Specialized carriers have the highest cost per
mile at $2.02, with additional factors such as HazMat and OS/OW permit
costs, complex maintenance requirements and higher driver compensation
contributing to increased costs.
carriers have the lowest operating cost per mile at $1.71, despite a
14.8% increase from the previous year, mostly attributed to driver pay
Below find an article by the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. Technology does not solve problems. People solve problems using the right technology in the right manner.
Case in point: Dynamic Route Optimization (DRO), a technology-based initiative to reduce miles and costs for surface transportation. The U.S. Postal Service did not save the $22.4 million it projected for fiscal years (FYs) 2017 and 2018, our recent audit report found.
DRO allows Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) to change from a fixed-price contract with set, or static, routes to a rate-per-mile contract with varying departure times, travel plans, and mail types transported based on mail volume. This “dynamic” approach allows the Postal Service to optimize routes to reduce mileage and transportation costs – critical for containing costs in the overall HCR program, which moves mail between post offices and other designated stops. In FY 2018, the Postal Service spent $4.3 billion on HCR transportation.
The Postal Service awards DRO contracts for sites selected for conversion from static to dynamic contracts and uses an approved commercial off-the-shelf software and a web application to generate weekly dynamic manifests at the DRO sites.
But USPS didn’t identify and resolve program issues before national rollout of DRO and thus fell short of planned savings. Despite spending $32.7 million in total investments on DRO in FYs 2017 and 2018, most of the sites were still running static routes. Only five of the 34 sites were fully optimized and only one was operating dynamically.
Our audit found that the commercial software and web-based application the Postal Service used for its national rollout required continual re-configuration. We also found management and oversight of the program needed better controls. We noted that USPS has initiated improvements to the program this fiscal year, including appointing an acting national program manager for DRO.
Join us at the 8/24/2018 from 3 – 5 PM CDT for a listening session with the FMCSA. Topic is Hours of Service (HOS).
It will be held during the Great America Truck Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center; 650 S Griffin Street, Dallas TX 75202.
More information here.