Negotiate Best Rates for Hazmat Shipments
Posted in the Logistics Forum
#1 May 3, 2012
As chemical shippers compete for limited truck driver and asset availability to transport hazmat materials, new hours of service regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration restrict driver time behind the wheel in an effort to ensure greater safety on the roads. Effective February (with a compliance date of July, 2013), the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week is now 70 hours, a reduction of 15% from 82 hours.
These new driving restrictions further reduce transportation capacity for chemical shippers not only as truckers drive less, but many will leave the business as they make less money. With the average age of a truck driver around 55, many also will retire within the next decade without a sufficient replacement of younger drivers. As a result of truck driver shortages, available carriers for hazmat will start charging more for shipments. But transportation costs are not totally out of your control.
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