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Will fewer regulations create a safer trucking industry?

 Many in the trucking industry have been pushing for fewer regulations, and they may be getting their wish under the Trump Administration. 
Many in the trucking industry have been pushing for fewer regulations, and they may be getting their wish under the Trump Administration. 

Several rules focused on safety are left in limbo under Trump administration

Is the trucking industry over-regulated? Good luck finding anyone in the industry that would say no. But ask which regulations should be repealed and chances are each one will be mentioned at least once.

The fact that there is no industry consensus on what regulations are good and which ones are bad only complicates the matter. For nearly every regulation, there are three sides – those for, those against, and the government.

Take the electronic logging device (ELD) rule, for example. The ELD mandate, which goes into effect in December of this year, seeks to eliminate paper logs, automating the process with a tamper-proof technology. But even this rule has been met with opposition.

Since President Donald Trump signed his executive order requiring the elimination of two rules for every new one, several proposed industry regulations have been slowed and a few even pulled from the regulatory docket. Without consensus among the industry, let alone regulators, on which rules should stay and which should go, the era of more industry regulation may be quickly coming to an end.


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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and fleetowner.com. Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.

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  1. All the regulations that DOT has for the trucking industry result in accidents. Its to the point that every driver is in a rush to make their delivery and no matter how many safety rules he follows accidents will happen. Take away the regulations and the rush decreases and so will the accidents. If you don’t overnight it, it will get there tomorrow or the day after…. Only time can prevent accidents, not regulations!

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