In the light of the Republican-led electoral result, various lobbyists and the trucking industry groups could only hope that the Republican majority in Washington will lead to loosened policies and regulations. The groups are further wishing for more accountability as well as improved relations when it comes to the industry regulations. While some may be hopeful, a number of groups have remained critical. These groups believe that not much is expected to change in the current administration. This comes after the debated ELD mandate was pushed through even with a Republican Congress. Unfortunately, the current Republican Congress seems reluctant of changing its position regarding the ELD mandate issue.
December 2015 - the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has officially published the final electronic logging device rule otherwise known as the ELD Mandate. The ELD will be used to electronically log or record a driver’s Record of Duty Status which replaces the traditional manual paper logbook the drivers are using. The highly debated ELDmandate has since received mixed reactions with a number of groups, particularly the Owner-Operated Independent Driver’s Association or OOIDA strongly opposing it believing it is an outrageous form of intrusion to the privacy of the professional truck drivers. The group does not see the relevance of the extra costs, burden and privacy infringements of the ELD mandate in relation to highway safety.
Meanwhile, Joe Rajkovacz, the Director of the Western States Trucking AssociationGovernmental Affairs, is hoping to see more regulations that are results-driven. He would like to see that the incumbent elected President Donald Trump, will sign orders that will force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to present more facts which will justify and determine the supposed benefits of the controversial ELD regulation. The members of American Trucking Associations (ATA) also hopes for the same regulatory reform. Bill Sullivan, the Executive Vice President for Advocacy of the ATA group has stated that in thisTrump administration they hope to seea more datadriven and an inclusive regulatory process and one that are centered on the good, sound security and economically inclined outcomes, instead of a complicated process that drafts regulations and reforms that areseeking for more problems.
Although during Donald Trump’s active electoral campaigns, he lobbied out his plans to significantly revitalize the infrastructure. To realize this, he plans to work on rebuilding the inner cities, bridges, roads and the highways. However, these are grand and rather ambitious plans, and according to a lot of experts, the funding is always a problem or hindrance for these certain types of projects. As a matter of fact, according to Jonathan Stark, the Analyst and Chief Operating Officer of the FTR transportation research group, there are already a lot of candidates that have called for a good investment that are intended for the infrastructure but the trouble remains in coming up with the mechanisms in order to pay for it. He then said that, “So far we haven’t come up with that plan”. Check out the website at Driver Armellini