Could adding team drivers help recover hours or productivity lost under the new hours-of-service rules? Not necessarily. In fact, the new rules may make teams less productive, according to U.S. Xpress.
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Regarding HOS: No ‘Rolling Restart’ for Driver Teams
Does no one in the TL segment know the meaning of the word "relay"? This article points out how these trucking company executives are tying themselves into pretzels trying to do business the SOW (Same Old Way). Are they really that incapable of devising new, innovative methods of providing transportation services? It's no wonder capable drivers who have been out of the business since the Downturn do not want to get back into trucking. The truth is: If they aren't making at least $225 for each day on the road, they aren't even making minimum wage, plus per diem. Who, in their right mind, would want to work that hard for such lousy wages? Wake up trucking company owners and execs!
Thanks for your comment eaach62. Some carriers are looking at slip-seating as a potential solution, not just for hours of service but to ensure drivers are home more often and improve retention. But SOW is powerful in many industries - trucking included. And your comments on pay are spot on. I think long-haul trucking companies will have to look at more innovative ways of doing business, including greater use of intermodal to move less profitable freight, to provide better service and build sustainable profits. — Bill Cassidy
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