Trump & Feds Regulations Reshaping the Trucking Industry’s Policy Framework


Trump & Feds Regulations Reshaping the Trucking Industry’s Policy Framework

With the White House under the stewardship of the Trump administration, recent government regulations have brought tremendous changes in the trucking industry. The Electronic Log Device (ELD) mandate promulgated in early 2017 threw the industry’s regulatory landscape to new heights. Trucking constitutes one of the most rigorously regulated sectors in the US. But Trump may have stretched himself too thin after snapping the Paris Agreement as the EPA at home continues to tighten its grip on emission regulations.

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Mandate

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began enforcing the ELD mandate on December 18th, 2017. The FMCSA has given carriers a two-year window to integrate ELDs in their vehicles for use by drivers for hours-of-service logs. Public outrage on the expenses and inconveniences attendant to the new law may finally sway the Trump White House to drop it. Most of the large carriers already integrate ELD while their deep pockets give them an edge to comply, unlike small freights and owner-operators who may feel the pinch.

Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations

The EPA together with NHSTA published greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for trucks manufactured in the 2014-2018 cycle in August 2011. The regulators projected the merged measures would cut back CO2 emissions by roughly 270 million metrical tons, save up to 530 million barrel s of oil and yield $49 billion net policy dividends. With the penultimate phase of the program fully implemented, the final two-pronged stage touts a new breed of cleaner, ultra-fuel-efficient trucks tapping into highly developed technologies.

Entry Level Driver Training Final Rule

The FMCSA gazette an entry-level driver training rule with the compliance date set on February 7, 2020. It will beef up the safety of trucks on highways by making the training more exhaustive, forward-looking and comprehensive. The rule laid down minimum training pre-requisites for entry-level truck drivers pursuing a Class A, Class B CDL, or advancement of CDL.

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