ATRI finds numerous holes in fed’s HOS study results
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released its independent evaluation of the FMCSA field study report on the new HOS rules. The FMCSA was directed by Congress to study the restart provisions which went into effect July 1, 2013.
The FMCSA field study collected fatigue measurements from 106 truck drivers during two duty cycles that included two restart breaks. Unsurprisingly, the FMCSA stated that their field study results supported the effectiveness of the new restart rule.
In their detailed evaluation of the FMCSA field study report, ATRI identified “a variety of technical issues related to research design flaws, validity of measurement techniques and interpretations and data conflicts within and across the study.”
That is the polite, Washington description of the FMCSA field study report. Translated into real world terminology, less sophisticated folks might describe it as “post-consumer bovine feed.”