Cost Benefit Analysis of Trucking Regulations

Edgeworth Partners Dr. Jesse David and Chuck Fields were retained by the American Trucking Association (ATA) to assess the cost and benefits of a proposed change in Hours of Service (HOS) rules, which regulate how much time a driver can spend on duty and behind the wheel. Edgeworth Partners:

  • Analyzed the methodology used by the issuing agency (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, known as FMCSA) to determine the proposed changes
  • Found the issuing agency had changed its methodology for assessing the costs and benefits of the HOS rules since a prior review in 2007
  • Determined that such methodological changes dramatically overstated the net benefits of the proposed rule

Edgeworth’s report was filed as a public comment to the proposed rule.


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