Did Trucking Dodge Two Regulatory Bullets in 2017?
Trucking has been buzzing about 2017’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for months.
Undoubtedly the most talked-about regulation of the year, this measure was discussed for years prior. Concerns about fudging of paper logs and drowsy drivers disobeying hours-of-service rules helped the proposal become law.
December 18 has come and passed, meaning the mandate is now in effect. Though a grace period will be going on until April 1, some people are still worried about the impact of this law. But while 2017 was known for one of the most sweeping regulatory changes in the freight industry, trucking narrowly avoided a couple of other burdensome regulations.
Heavier Trucks Almost Had to Slow Their Speed
While many safety groups and members of the motoring public fear the combination of heavy trucks and high speeds, this isn’t always a recipe for disaster.
Skilled truckers can actually use their speed to avoid accidents if they find themselves in a tense spot. But 2017 saw more discussion about a previously proposed constraint on the speed at which heavier trucks could travel.
Should this mandate have passed, carriers with larger vehicles may have been forced to adjust their routes, install monitoring technology in their rigs, and shell out a great deal for the cost of the whole switch. Luckily, this proposal was not signed into law.
Drivers Narrowly Avoid Compulsory Sleep-Apnea Tests
One of the main reasons the ELD mandate came into effect was due to concerns about truck drivers nodding off on long routes.
One proposed way of remedying this danger was to make it mandatory for drivers to take sleep apnea tests. Given that truck drivers work in an industry where they don’t get the chance to move around much, they can be at higher risk of sleep apnea.
This condition could make it hard for them to rest up before driving. While the proposal to make testing mandatory had some support in recent years, it didn’t come to pass in 2017.
What Will 2018 Hold for Trucking?
Trucking’s regulatory state is changing, but things aren’t as bad as they could be. For drivers who find new regulations burdensome and stifling, dodging these two regulations was a high point of the year. As 2018 nears, there are questions about what new regulations will develop.
Some truckers hope regulations could help their industry – check back to find out which laws the trucking industry could push for in the new year!