ATRI survey results show HOS impact on productivity & wages
Last week, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) posted the results of its survey detailing the negative impact of the new HOS rules. The results are based on an industry survey of over 2,300 commercial drivers and 400 motor carriers, as well as a detailed analysis of logbook data representing more than 40,000 commercial drivers.
“We anticipated significant impacts on our operations and across the entire supply chain from the new rules and our experience since July 1st is bearing that out,” commented Kevin Burch, President of Jet Express. “ATRI’s analysis clearly documents the productivity impacts and real financial costs being borne by carriers and drivers. It’s only a matter of time before these impacts ripple throughout the nation’s economy.”
In addition to costing drivers as much as $3.9 billion per year in lost wages, ATRI also found that 82.5% of drivers indicated that the new HOS rules have had a negative impact on their quality of life, with more than 66% indicating increased levels of fatigue.