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Significant increase in truck crashes post July 1, 2013 HOS rule change

Apr
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Recent study results from ATRI has confirmed what many professional drivers have been adamantly saying, ” 2013 HOS restart provisions have compromised truck safety”
Although there are many issues that drivers and carriers may not agree upon, the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rule change of July 2013 is not one of them.

 

ATRI- The American Transportation Research Institute

ATRI-
The American Transportation Research Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Dan Murray  

(651) 641-6162

April 29, 2015

 

 

 

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the results of a new analysis of the safety and operational impacts from the 34-hour restart provisions.  In this latest of an ongoing series of Research Tech Memos, ATRI analyzed an extensive truck GPS database to identify changes in truck travel by time-of-day and day of the week that may have occurred after the July 1, 2013 change to the Hours-of-Service (HOS) restart provisions.  ATRI also examined several years or pre- and post-July 1 federal truck crash data to quantify safety impacts resulting from the HOS rules change implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The truck GPS data analysis identified a shift of truck traffic from nighttime to daytime and a shift of truck traffic away from the weekends to more congested weekdays, with the biggest decreases in truck activity occurring on Sunday nights.

The crash data analysis showed a statistically significant increase in truck crashes after the July 1, 2013 rule change, specifically with injury and towaway crashes.  In particular, the increase in injury and towaway crashes would be expected based on the shifting of trucks to more congested weekday travel due to increased traffic exposure.

The crash increases and operational shifts would ostensibly be independent of overall economic improvement since the statistical tool utilizes percentage change, and tonnage growth percentages over the 2-year period were relatively constant.  In addition, truck unit position points are a better indicator of physical truck movements than freight volumes.

ATRI’s report features some possible explanations for the GPS and crash data findings as a result of operational changes the industry had to make post-July 1, 2013.  Among these are:

  • Drivers abandoning use of the more restrictive 34-hour restart in favor of the rolling recap.
  • Expanded use of weekend productivity by drivers, particularly Friday into early Saturday driving.
  • Earlier weekend dispatches for drivers to avoid disruptions to early week (Monday-Tuesday) operations.

“After many years of crash decreases, everyone knows our industry has experienced an uptick in crashes,” said Dean Newell, Vice President, Safety of Maverick USA, Inc. and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee.  “This latest analysis from ATRI validates both changes in operations and crash risk that seem to be associated with the restart rule.  Regulations should serve to improve safety, not create additional safety risks.”

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is

engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

© 2015, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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One Response to Significant increase in truck crashes post July 1, 2013 HOS rule change. - Post a Comment

  1. Pete Brenenstuhl

    One BIG solution… Use the Federal Mandated CDL following distance law! 4 second minimum up to 45 mph,…. 6 to 8 seconds following distance at higher speeds…..when one truck is involved in a crash the close following trucks pile up like logs in a river

    Time after time it’s the same,, multiple trucks involved because drivers refuse to obey the law.. set an example as a professional driver and maybe save your own life.

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