Changes to Trucking Under Trump:
As well as a number of different changes throughout American industry, the Trump administration is going to bring about some differences with the trucking and transportation industry especially through opportunities for hours reform, an overhaul of the FMC essay as well as new trucking regulations the job may be changing for truckers across the United States.
A number of online petitions are actually showing up for the Trump administration to consider deregulating the trucking industry. The influence of this petition may be widely unknown but with the number of specific request for reform this could potentially block new mandates such as the electronic logging device which could be installed as early as December 2017 as well as instill a delay on omissions regulations an overall loosening of the hours in service regulations and more.
The opportunities for this type of reform currently do exist according to a number of trucking trade associations. Lobbyists for the industry will continue to work towards getting Trump and the US Department of Transportation to change the way that the federal motor carrier safety administration begins to develop their newest regulations. There’s an overall cause to have the agency develop better relationships in the industry.
In the past Republicans have had a bit of an adversarial relationship with the trucking industry with much more focus placed into the Federal Aviation Administration. With a growing focus on consumer economy and American jobs, the trucking industry deserves an overhaul especially with changes in admission regulations.
A number of groups are calling upon Trump to sign a new executive order which can change the way that the FMCSA perceives benefits and regulations. Various lobbying groups are looking for new regulations which are based in results.
American trucking organizations call to action:
Various American trucking organizations and associations are planning on calling the Trump administration out. It is time that the FMCSA produced more sensible regulations through a data-driven and regulated process. Currently outcomes are drafted often by those who are far separated from the transportation industry. With a focus on improving economic outcomes as well as an elimination of various regulations, the trucking industry could be greatly improved. State meal and rest break rules as well as other labor related rules are a patchwork in the industry currently. With better defined reform and the chance to make rules such as the 14 hour rule much more flexible, it is possible to do more in the transportation industry.
Hours of service reform is one of the biggest demands of many trucking industries. From the 30 min. break required in 2013 as well as the split sleeper berth time to increase the 14 hour rule, it is possible to start generating positive changes in the industry.
Although there are new emissions standards being introduced in the United States it could be up to 10 years before the implementation period of omissions regulations are extended into the transportation industry. Expediting this process can allow truckers to enjoy longer trips on the road, less fines and less stringent requirements for maintenance and upkeep on their vehicles.
As Trump is tasked with hiring a new secretary of transportation, a new FMCSA head will also be named and this will mean new changes into the trucking industry for the future.
Truckers feel overburdened:
Many truckers across the industry continue to call for change and feel overburdened by a number of regulatory bodies within the business. Many truckers are completely uninterested in mandatory electronic logs as well as speed limiting mandates. These unnecessary regulations are changing the industry and can also change the stability and economic rewards which are available for truckers.
Many individuals that have been in the industry for years are not used to being limited in any way by their speed, the hours that they could work as well as their mandated breaks over the course of a trucking shift. The idea of new toll roads as well as privatized highways is also making the process of planning routes much more difficult for truckers in the industry. New challenges in the business or leaving many truckers overburden and this is especially true for individuals that own and manage their own truck and transportation business.
Speed limiters in the future:
The idea for speed limiters for example could be one of the very first mandates to be pushed out of regulation with the Trump administration. Speed limiters were introduced mostly as a means to combat omissions but the cost and benefit for the calculations introduced in installing the limiters may greatly outweigh the emissions savings under new standards. White House office of management and budget will be responsible for completing the cost-benefit analysis on speed limiters but there are many analysts in the industry that suggest that this could be one of the very first initiatives that is thrown out in the future.
Privatization on highways:
Donald Trump estimated that he would be spending over $1 trillion into infrastructure projects throughout the United States. This consistent investment could cause a reasonable amount of trouble for many drivers. This consistent spending means more privatized highways, more tolls, more construction but in the end, better roads and routes. For a few years the trucking industry will undergo some challenges and with the ongoing tolls and changes, route planning may grow more difficult. Investment in bridges and highways will secure the future of the trucking industry and is 70% of the nation’s freight makes its way across American highways, there is going to be an ongoing need for transportation professionals to front a large selection of the bill for this infrastructure. While the spending for these projects has not been entirely laid out, there are new toll roads and financial strategies that are being laid out to handle the next major infrastructure funding bill through the best times for construction.
Tractor-trailer omissions regulations have been a sticking point under the new administration as the previous ELD rule was published by Republicans. The Environmental Protection Agency is not mandated by Congress and phase 2 omissions regulations remain unchanged. Rolling back these emissions regulations and stalling their mandate will likely be a focus of the new administration. The good news about these changes to the ELD rule is that there could be a full decade before ELD emission standards are actually put in place. This is especially good news for drivers that have older style trucks. A pre-2000 tractor-trailer that does not utilize ELD could be a costly upgrade. It’s estimated that in order to connect ELD to a pre-2000 model truck, the cost will be at least $1000 per truck. The pre-2000 model year exception for mandate compliance as well as the stalling of ELD requirements is helping to save truckers across the United States a considerable amount of money. There’s no telling how much money the regulatory commission may make in fines and retrofit charges should the ELD mandate completely pass.
Hours of service:
Without a mandated E log on board trucks hours of service violations can be more difficult to track. In most cases it’s smaller carriers that are responsible for over 60% of all hours of service violations through their electronic logging devices. There are also many larger firms that have been responsible for back-office manipulation of driving time regulations as well. Only around a third of drivers surveyed across the United States received a warning for violating state mandated hours but in most cases companies are being accused of the falsification of records alongside their violation. Good inspectors can almost instantly verify the validity in a logbook and spot hours of service violations that have been scripted, regardless of electronic monitoring or individual logging. Knowing drive times and validating records will continue to make hours of service a problem for those that want extra flexibility. With changes slotted for increased flexibility in drive time standards this could mean a huge boost to the transportation industry.
Trucking under trump is looking extremely promising for cost savings, road improvements and improved hours. While there are many new burdens that face the transportation and trucking industry, it seems as though the newest administration is finally working to put truckers first.