Hours of Service Regulations in the United States and the 2013 Rule Change
Jacobs University, School of Engineering and Science, Technical Report No. 29
22 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2012 Last revised: 13 May 2013
Date Written: March 1, 2013
This paper studies the revised hours of service regulations for truck drivers in the United States which will enter into force in July 2013. It provides a detailed model of the new regulation and presents and a new simulation-based method to assess the impact of the rule change on operational costs and road safety. Unlike previous methodologies, the new methodology takes into account that carriers can use optimization as a tool to minimize the economic impact of stricter regulations. Simulation experiments are conducted indicating that the monetized safety benefit of reducing the daily driving time limits is on the same order of magnitude compared to the additional operational costs.
Keywords: hours of service regulations, road safety, truck driver scheduling
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