We could bring the hammer down on these drivers, but the best manager of hours of service enforcement is to contrast the results between strictly compliant drivers, and the others. There is a lot of wisdom in the Federally Mandated 10-hour rest rule.
At Matchpoint we set achievable and sustainable expectations for our Independent owner operators. But occasionally we get a driver on board that thinks they can blow out our numbers because they can work smarter, and faster than the pace we set with their routes and loads. These drivers usually do cover more ground and run higher gross revenues than our average drivers... however, they also make a lot of mistakes, costly mistakes.
One such driver recently left us because, "I'm not making any money," which was true. But why...? Answer: Damage claims, broken equipment and mistakes.
It's hard to overcome in the first 6 months of operations, a broken trailer axle, a broken leaf spring, and series of tire problems, 2 property damage incidents, freight damage, lost paperwork, and picking up the wrong car. There is a direct relationship between these issues and the pace of work. The bottom line is, get in a hurry, or run without the proper rest, and you can expect problems.
Treat the car hauling business like a sprint, and you'll quickly run yourself out of business. Steady is sustainable, and respecting the 10 hour rest rule is part of the long term profit picture.