In our last post, we began to talk about the current hours-of-service rules, particularly the 34-hour restart rule. As we noted, the new rule placed restrictions on truck drivers which were not welcomed by the industry when they passed. At that time, the objection was that the changes were based on a flawed cost-benefit analysis in connection to the rules.
Since the new rule went into effect, the trucking industry has continued to express dissatisfaction with the impact of the changes on the industry, particularly the negative impact of the new restart rule on productivity and the concern over whether there has even been a benefit from a safety perspective. Improvement in highway safety is, of course, a major purpose of the hours-of-service rules.