Operation Safe Driver week will happen July 11-17 throughout North America. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and its partner state and provincial commercial vehicle agencies have announced that the primary focus will be on speeding—by both commercial vehicles and passenger cars.
Biden & Buttigieg: Impact on Trucking
As expected, immediately upon taking office, President Biden terminated what’s known in Washington as “midnight regulations” put in place by the previous president late in his term. Among those affecting trucking are pilot programs permitting CDL drivers under 21 to drive in interstate commerce and another testing various options for time in sleeper berths.
During his Senate confirmation hearing, new DOT secretary Pete Buttigieg responded to a number of questions about trucking, but didn’t reveal anything dramatic in his testimony. So what are we expecting to see from a Democratic administration?
Throughout the 40+ years your ICSA team has been advocating for truckers, we can point to at least two key factors that may impact how the trucking industry will be treated under the Biden administration:
- In our experience, Democratic administrations have traditionally proposed more stringent safety regulations on trucking.
- The Democratic Party has long favored strong environmental and labor regulations, although the Clean Air Act was passed under President Richard Nixon. President Biden has already restored some air quality regulations repealed or softened by President Trump, and may also push for limits on the use of independent contractors in favor of company employees.
In addition to these factors is the very real chance of increases in the fuel tax and other taxes, along with resuming the public display of carriers’ CSA scores.
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In the May issue of The Landing Gear, we reported on two motor carrier issues under review by FMCSA’s Medical Review Board (MRB). The first is an alternative vision standard that could make it possible for more drivers to meet vision requirements; the second is a review of the current method of assessing the impact of non-insulin treated diabetes mellitus (Non-ITDM) on a CDL driver’s physical qualification.