Learn what the FMCSA will focus on with Truck Safety in 2017.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) goals for 2017, which include truck crash prevention and helping state police enforce trucking regulation, signals a change from the past few years in which the agency was focused on new proposals to tighten its grip on truck safety.
“What you find in some cases is that a new presidential administration can have an effect on what the FMCSA decides to focus on in a given year,” stated Truck Crash attorney Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite, LLP. “So it’s not surprising that the FMCSA is showing some restraint for 2017 as it figures out how it can best work with a new administration that may not share the goals of the old administration as it pertains to truck safety.”
Per an article on JOC.com, the FMCSA will spend 2017 avoiding any game-changing proposals for the trucking industry, and will “focus on the basic, helping to train state police to enforce trucking rules and prevent crashes while working their way through a backlog of congressionally mandated rulemakings.”
One of the reasons for this downshift is that the FMCSA is coming off of 2016 in which it made some aggressive proposals that were met with quite a bit of opposition from various trucking groups.
As a result, there are still major pieces of legislation proposed in 2016 that are awaiting implementation with the new presidential administration.
Robert Miller, the FMCSA’s Director of the Office of Policy, Strategic Planning and Regulation stated at a recent meeting of the Transportation Research Board:
“We’ve been consolidating what is in our current inventory. We’re not going to focus on significant rules right now.”
But with the recent confirmation of new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, there will also be a new FMCSA administrator who may have a different agenda relative to truck safety regulations.