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ATA Estimates 1.5- to 4.0-percent Productivity Reduction from Hours of Service: What Can 3PLs Do?

By Joel Anderson | 06/25/2013 | 6:00 AM

 Unless the American Trucking Associations prevails in its legal challenge to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations, the new Hours of Service rules for interstate drivers will commence July 1, 2013. ATA has a legal challenge from the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. This litigation asks the court to vacate the FMCSA rules on the standard that the changes are not supported by science; and as a result, they are arbitrary and capricious.

 As you read this column, you should start developing your new routes and dispatches to incorporate the changes coming down on July 1. ATA has an excellent guide on its website www.trucking.org. You can also click through to the ATA testimony before Congress on the hours of service.

 If you have a trucking operation, download all the materials and read the changes. If you broker or arrange for the brokerage of freight, be sure to talk to your providers to determine what routes will need be changed, what pickup and delivery schedules will need to changed, and what mix of freight and loading practices will minimize the disruption to productivity.

 3PLs are the logistics experts in moving freight across the United States, Canada and internationally. The changes in the hours of service have added another wrinkle, one that will in all instances reduce the hours available for motor carriers to provide service to customers.

Now is the time to sit down with your providers and your customers and be prepared.

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About Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

Joel D. Anderson is president and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA). Based in Des Plaines, Ill., IWLA is the 120-year-old association of the warehouse-based third-party logistics industry, with 500 members in the U.S. and Canada. Before joining IWLA, Anderson spent 28 years at the California Trucking Association, the last 13 as executive vice president and CEO. An economist by training and profession, Anderson was also a past board member of Cascade Sierra Solutions. He is a frequent speaker before supply chain industry groups.



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