The third quarter of 2013 ended much like the rest of the year for the trucking industry, with basically flat earnings and a gain of just 2.8 percent overall. The new hours of service regulations did have an impact on earnings, but not all the carriers reported exactly how much. Werner reported the regulations reduced the average miles traveled by each truck by two to three percent. Swift mentioned the hours of service regulations in the report, but did not quantify the effects.
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