It is a vicious cycle. Consumers expect products to be on store shelves whenever they need them. Retailers expect trucking companies to deliver goods on schedule to meet consumer demand. Trucking companies expect drivers to pick up and to deliver loads as quickly as possible to meet retailers' demands. And truck drivers are expected to meet the demands of their employers if they expect to be paid.
However, truck drivers have additional expectations placed upon them: government safety rules, including Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations.
With the goal of reducing truck crash injuries and fatalities while maintaining transportation efficiency, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed and implemented Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. These regulations, as well as California trucking regulations, limit when commercial motor vehicle drivers are allowed to drive and for how long.
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