With the July 1st implementation of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rule for commercial vehicle drivers six weeks away, drayage companies are increasingly worried about how these new regulations will affect their intermodal operations. The HOS rule requires an 11-hour daily driving limit, including a 34-hour duty-clock restart provision (once every 7 days) as well as a 30-minute mandatory break.
The HOS rule coupled with the growing driver shortage and the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program requirements, motor carriers are rightfully concerned about how their operations and drivers will be affected.
Members of congress are showing their support by sending letters to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requesting they postpone the implementation of the HOS rule until 3 months after a decision is rendered in an appeals suit involving the American Trucking Association (ATA). Similar requests filed by the ATA were denied by the FMCSA in late January.
The appellate court heard the case March 15th. Based on courtroom witnesses the judges gave no indication that they would stop the July 1st implementation of HOS. A ruling on this case is anticipated sometime next month