Since taking office in January, the Trump administration has made Regulatory Reform one of their top priorities. President Trump has ordered a regulatory freeze on new rulemakings, required that two existing regulations be rescinded for each new one proposed, and is currently establishing taskforces to examine which existing regulations can be repealed or modified. President Trump’s desire to create a regulatory environment that enables small businesses to grow is commendable and welcomed. However, to do so, this administration must eliminate the most egregious regulations developed under the haphazard ‘one size fits all’ approach to rulemaking. OOIDA is making sure the administration knows that ELDs and Speed Limiters should be among the first two regulations to be tossed out. The removal of the ELD mandate and speed limiter proposed rule will provide immediate and overdue regulatory relief to the trucking industry.
- The ELD mandate is estimated to cost a whopping $2 billion, making it one of the most expensive of all federal rulemakings advanced by the Obama Administration.
- Because the technology is primarily used to manage large fleets of vehicles and is incapable of automatically recording changes in a driver’s duty status, the mandate comes with no economic or safety value for small business truckers.
- Implementation of the mandate will force independent drivers to bear all the $2 billion in costs associated with the installation of these devices.
- OOIDA is concerned by serious complications associated with its implementation, which is currently scheduled for December. Many significant technological concerns remain unresolved, including the certification of devices, connectivity problems in remote areas of the country, cybersecurity vulnerabilities and the ability of law enforcement to access information.
- FMCSA’s proposed speed limiter rule will add another $845 million in implementation costs for OOIDA members.
- States with speed limits above the maximum levels proposed by FMCSA would see their crash rates increase, as extreme speed differentials between automobiles and heavy vehicles make driving conditions more hazardous.
- States already experiencing major congestion would find their problems compounded, as more trucks are needed to move the same amount of goods.
- Small Businesses would struggle to overcome the economic impact of another costly federal regulation that provides no discernable benefit – a reality the agency even acknowledges in its proposal.
You can help OOIDA fight these regulations by:
Calling your lawmaker today. You can find your lawmakers contact information here.
Click here to directly send a letter opposing speed limiters to your lawmakers in Washington