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Moving it Forward: On Your Mark, Get Set…Rest

Like it or not, the new Hours of Service (HOS) rules are the law of the land.  They were first introduced by the FMCSA in 2011 and became a law on July 1, 2013.  The biggest point of contention has been over the 34 hour restart and rest period rules.  Some expect the new restart and rest period to cost the trucking industry about $189 million annually (Transport Topics 7/8 p.8).  The capacity of trucks will also be reduced by 5% during a time of rising freight rates (Transport Topics 7/1 p.23).  Ultimately, these costs will be passed along to the consumers of the shipped goods.

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