Bulk Freight Carriers Argue The New HOS Rules Are Confusing and May Hurt Their Business

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A popular topic on BulkLoadsNow.com forum discusses the new Hours of Service rules, effective July 1, and what it means for the transportation of dry and liquid bulk freight.

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The industry has already struggled with higher input costs such as fuel, equipment, and insurance, and this will squeeze them even further

BulkLoadsNow.com, a leading load board for the bulk trucking industry recently started a forum post titled, HOW ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE NEW TRUCKING RULES JULY 1?

Initial reactions by carrier members have been negative, stating the new rules are confusing, potentially harmful to their business, or just simply don’t make sense. Responses to the forum topic have given many reasons some carriers are against the new HOS rules including government having too much control over carriers, misunderstanding of rules, and lower productivity therefore resulting in lower income for trucking companies. Transport Topics recently release an article talking about the loss in productivity as an industry whole. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=32260

“We continue to see more regulations that will have a greater impact on smaller companies which make up the majority of the bulk truck freight industry,” said Jared Flinn, Operating Partner at BulkLoadsNow.com. “The industry has already struggled with higher input costs such as fuel, equipment, and insurance, and this will squeeze them even further.”

One carrier member responded to the discussion, “The new rules…will serve to do nothing but further complicate the industry and make it even harder to keep customers happy by achieving timely deliveries at existing rates.” He continues, “If we think it’s hard to get drivers in the seat now, you just wait.”

A complete summary of the Hours-Of-Service Regulation can be found on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/index.htm

Join this discussion topic, and many others regarding bulk freight at BulkLoadsNow.com Forums: http://www.bulkloadsnow.com/Forum/

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