U.S. DOT to examine impact of trucking delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.

U.S. DOT to examine impact of trucking delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.

U.S. DOT to examine impact of trucking delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.

 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this month began an audit of the potential impact of shipping delays on the trucking industry and its compliance with federal safety laws.
    The department will examine how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting drivers’ ability to operate with hours-of-service rules mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said in a statement.
    Current FMCSA regulations limit the number of hours a driver can work per day to 14 hours, but unforeseen delays can result in lost time and wages for drivers. As a result, truckers who experience these delays might drive faster to make deliveries within hours-of-service limits or operate beyond these limits and improperly log their driving time, which increases the risk of crashes and fatalities, said Barry J. DeWeese, assistant inspector general for surface transportation audits.
    The FMCSA, a DOT sub-agency that oversees commercial trucking, freight forwarders, freight brokers, and bus operators, is required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 to issue regulations on collecting data on loading and unloading delays.
    Enacted last December, the five-year $305 billion FAST Act was the first major highway infrastructure legislation signed into law in a decade, ending a series of patchwork funding extensions since 2009 and providing states with the financial certainty to invest in larger, multi-year projects.
   “The FAST Act also directs us to report on the impact of loading and unloading delays in areas such as the economy and efficiency of the transportation system,” said DeWeese. “Accordingly, we are initiating this audit. Our objectives will be to (1) assess available data on motor carrier loading and unloading delays and (2) provide information on measuring the potential effects of loading and unloading delays.”

Not that long ago, it seemed inconceivable that the good times in [U.S.] trucking would end, but here we are back down to Earth. Growth in manufacturing – the most significant driver of trucking activity – has subsided, and residential construction remains stagnant. However, there are some near-term positives, such as lower diesel prices. Also, carriers are responding to flagging demand by ending their hiring spree.

The fastest liner transit (excluding transshipments) from China to the Netherlands is from Yantian to Rotterdam at 23 days, according to BlueWater Reporting’s Country to Country Transit Analysis by Service tool.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.

Jun 24, 2016 on Dec 27, 2018AmericanShipper.com