New Trucking Regulations on Emissions, Training, and More
Trucking is among the most highly regulated industries in the US. With the weight, size, and design of commercial vehicles posing many concerns about safety and environmentalism, many regulatory mandates have been enacted in the past. However, the industry continues to evolve. And this means that more legislation will impact this line of work in the future. These types of changes are a concern for anyone in the shipping, delivery, or logistics industry. Here are some of the most prominent changes that will come into effect in the near future.
Changes in Emission Standards and Guidelines
It’s understandable that commercial vehicles produce emissions, and many believe that this is an issue that can’t be completely eliminated. While this may be true, the EPA has set new standards regarding the amount of emissions a commercial vehicle should produce on any given trip. While older trucks may struggle to match these standards, models equipped with newer technology may have an easier time meeting these standards.
Changes in Driver Training Requirements
2016 will feature numerous changes to driver training requirements. The FMCSA has already announced plans for changes regarding what is required for acquiring or maintaining a license. While some have said this will reduce the possibility of accidents, other maintain that it will only make it more difficult for carriers to operate their own training programs to onboard new talent in a speedier manner.
Changes in Vehicle Registrations
Numerous regulations exist that influence the way commercial vehicles must be checked, serviced, and maintained. In the past, many small carriers have been able to avoid these in large part by restarting their operations under different names. A new unified registration system aims to prevent this and ensure compliance is met throughout the shipping and logistics industries in 2016.
Changes in Hours of Service Rules
Members of the motoring public have expressed concerns about sharing the road with commercial vehicles. While any vehicle can be involved in an accident, the size and weight of commercial vehicles means that they can do more damage. Electronic logging devices will soon be required to ensure drivers are adequately rested and are not pushing themselves to make unrealistic deadlines on little or no sleep.
Regulations can be helpful and hurtful, depending on how they are drafted and whether they are based on factual information pertaining to trucking. Preparing for these regulations is the best way to make sure they don’t harm a freight carrier’s ability to be successful.