Short of the commercial deregulation of trucking in 1980, arguably no single federal-regulatory action has hit motor carriers harder in one fell swoop than the reboot of the hours-of-service (HOS) rules for truck drivers that went into effect last July 1. Six months on, aspects of the HOS rewrite by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are still stinging carriers and drivers alike as well as their customers.  And, says research drawn from the real world, stinging them ...

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