2017 – Year of Controversial Transportation Regulations
As we are finally past the very first month of the fresh Year, it should be noted that 2017 could influence the transportation industry as a result of the new bills and laws passed during the early months. The first month of the year was full of disorganized legislation, thereby, making it unpredictable as to how these transportation laws will turn out to be. Truck Writers revealed in their reports that the passing of six police officers could influence transportation drivers and firms, so it’s important to keep a tab on these as we continue further into the year:
As all of these rules and regulations would in doubt affect the transportation industry, it is vital for those involved to stay current on legislation that would change them.
The whole context of Electronic Logging Device Mandate Will compel drivers and carriers using logging software or paper logs to transition to the new regulations on or before December in the same year, 2017, though not if the new administration chooses to overturn the ruling (there have been many mandates that they would).
1. Hours of Service regulation was reversed in late last year, but could vastly alter the safety and work of many truck drivers. They are no longer requested to rest for 34 hours after 70-hour workweeks, nor are they needed to rest between 1 AM and 5 AM. While this might help with productivity, the effects of this new move will truly be evident this year.
2. Speed Limiters; this regulation would require speed limiters in typical trucks to cap immediately when 60, 65, or 68 mph is attained. It is unclear how yielding this will be, given that passenger vehicles travel faster on the same roads (hence why the American Trucking Association opposed the proposal).
3. Safety Fitness Determination; the highly controversial regulation may be overly apparent this year, which is essential for all in the transportation industry. In effect, non-compliant motor carriers will be identified through on-road inspections, crash reports, and a determination of overall safety fitness on a monthly basis.
4. Unified Registration System; this system will require drivers to sign up and update their speculated information through a “smart form,” which improves efficiency in the transportation industry. By streamlining the sign-up processes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be able to preserve accurate information on all that it regulates actively.
5. Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards, it’s beyond doubt it’ll emerge effect this year, tractor-trailers are expected to achieve 25% fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions than an equivalent tractor in 2018, making the environment a little greener. Given the new administration, it is probable that this rule will be overturned this year as well.