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Hours of service regulations in the United States and the 2013 rule change


  • Goel, Asvin


This paper studies the revised hours of service regulations for truck drivers in the United States which entered 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 proposed methodology for assessing the impact of hours of service regulations takes into account that, by optimizing routes and schedules, carriers can 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 as the increase in operational costs.

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  • Goel, Asvin, 2014. "Hours of service regulations in the United States and the 2013 rule change," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 48-55.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:33:y:2014:i:c:p:48-55
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.02.005

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    1. Christian Tilk, 2016. "Branch-and-Price-and-Cut for the Vehicle Routing and Truck Driver Scheduling Problem," Working Papers 1616, Gutenberg School of Management and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universit├Ąt Mainz.
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    4. Anderson, Jason R. & Ogden, Jeffrey D. & Cunningham, William A. & Schubert-Kabban, Christine, 2017. "An exploratory study of hours of service and its safety impact on motorists," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 161-174.
    5. Kishore Bhoopalam, A. & Agatz, N.A.H. & Zuidwijk, R.A., 2017. "Planning of Truck Platoons: a Literature Review and Directions for Future Research," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2017-010-LIS, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.


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