How Government Regulations Affect the Trucking Industry

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The shift in the government administration has led to many changes in the country’s economic and industrial situations. Not that I’m surprised. The President, from the get-go, is a business-oriented individual. His predilection with trade comes with no surprise new regulations that are focused on, and I quote, “Rebuilding the country’s crumbling Infrastructure” and by making businesses as easy as possible. Among those that are affected by these mandates is the Transportation Industry. This affects not just carriers, shippers and truck drivers alike but also the consumers. Though the changes may be drastic, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the effect will be negative, however, it is apparent that the Trucking Industry is about to face some major shift. Also if you own a trucking company it’s probably a given now that you are going to need to keep a lawyer on retainer as there are more and more regulations being placed on the industry every year.

For one, the new administration’s trillion-dollar Infrastructure Program has led to the increase in the number of delivery trucks needed to move supplies, equipment and other materials around the country.  However, on the negative side, the trucking industry is facing a major decrease in the number of eligible truckers due to the Entry Level Driver Training Rules. This rule, as proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA), aims to increase the number of training hours for truck drivers. Minimum of 10-hour training on a driving range and an unspecified number of time on a public road is among the new requirements proposed by FCMSA last year.

Another rule that is making waves in the Trucking Industry is the Greenhouse Gas Rules. This new mandate issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ensures the reduction of carbon emissions through three phases of new greenhouse standards. Though the reduction of carbon emissions had environmentalists nodding in agreement, the costs and the economic impact brought about by the rule had carriers and owners grimacing. In order to achieve this gas regulation and the standard set by EPA, suitable technologies are needed. The cost of achieving that emission standard is not necessarily cheap so carriers and owners should expect a temporary hike in the tractor and trailer price.  To compensate for these added costs, EPA suggests companies to make use of fuel saving. A great way to achieve this by is employing companies engaged in fuel distribution like Fort Worth diesel fuel distributor. This is a reputable fuel distributor company that makes use of Fuel Delivery Optimization Software to determine the lowest Cost per Delivered Gallon.

The third regulation that is setting a new trend in the trucking industry is the implementation of the Electronic Log Device (ELD) mandate. This mandate is one of those that I consider troublesome at first but beneficial on the long run. The implementation of ELD allows for the accurate recording of driver logs (hours on duty, hours-of-service rules, days on duty, speed, location) and easy but accurate transfer HOS records to roadside inspectors either through email, USB or Bluetooth connection. The setback in the rule though is the fact that ELD equipment can be quite expensive, however, if you think about the reduction in the amount time in filling in paperwork and the actual costs of logbooks and filing for RODS, the mandate, in the long run is more beneficial.

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