The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently announced the start of its second phase of data collection on impacts from the recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect July 1, 2013.
ATRI is asking commercial truck drivers to provide input on the changes through an online survey available on its website, www.atri-online.org. The survey asks drivers about impacts related to miles, pay, and on-duty hours since the changes to the 34-hour restart (requirement of two periods between 1 am and 5 am, the limit of one restart per seven-day/168-hour time period), and the addition of the 30-minute rest break.
"Earlier this year we released a study quantifying potential impacts from the rules changes,” says Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President. “This critical next step in the research will document how those expected changes are being experienced by drivers."
ATRI also will initiate data collection from motor carriers to quantify productivity impacts resulting from the rules changes. Drivers are encouraged to participate in the confidential survey at www.atri-online.org.