ATRI Study Highlights Benefits of HOS Flexibility

- Flexible hours-of-service breaks have the potential to benefit the drivers of sleeper berth trucks, according to a new analysis released by the American Transportation Research Institute on Aug. 28.

Current federal law requires drivers to rest for at least 10 hours before starting a new 14-hour workday. ATRI’s report suggests that certain “innovative HOS concepts” could help drivers avoid rush-hour congestion by taking strategic periods of rest. ATRI’s report uses data to study how breaking up the 10-hour rest requirement, such as dividing rest hours into 7/3, 6/4 or 5/5 splits, would be effective in helping drivers avoid bottlenecks.

“[A] rest period of three or more hours that qualifies toward the daily 10-hour rest requirement could effectively help drivers avoid slow-moving peak travel periods,” ATRI’s report states. “The opportunity for a driver to adapt to changing conditions and congestion levels throughout a day is critical and could be greatly enhanced with the addition of flexible sleeper berth rules to the current HOS regulations.”

The report also found that flexible HOS options can yield more than $150 million in operational cost savings a year.

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