Could Auto Shipping Regulations be on the Chopping Block?
Regulations are an important part of any industry. While there is debate over how much is too much, regulations help keep businesses operating ethically and are designed to make things safer and better.
Auto shipping regulations are no different. From restricted routes to transit times to hour restrictions, auto shipping regulations are an important part of the industry.
Could President-Elect Trump’s new pick for U.S. Secretary of Transportation take those away?
Auto shipping regulations and the new regime
Right now, no one knows what Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick for Transportation secretary, is going to do. But we know what she’s done in the past.
On the whole, she’s been fairly anti-regulation, but that’s not to say she’s a “bad guy.” Regulations are tricky because, oftentimes, they become politicized, when the goal is to make things safer for everyone involved in said industry. Regulations are what cause higher emission standards and fuel economy standards. Regulations help protect our air and our water from pollutants, and a host of other things.
But Elaine Chao has a history of rolling back regulation and making things go smooth, particularly in transportation industries.
Her father, James Chao, is the founder of the Foremost Group and is a noted philanthropist. He has helped make the shipping industry worldwide greener and more accessible. And his daughter has extensive knowledge of both overland and overseas shipping. This has a lot of people in a variety of logistics-based jobs hoping that she’ll do a good job.
And she’s going to have a heck of a job on her plate. Right now, autonomous cars are becoming more prevalent. They’re going to require regulation, but Chao could make it easier for the technology to grow. Auto shipping regulations could halt the progress of autonomous auto transport trucks, for instance. Carriers on the cutting edge are hoping they can work alongside the budding self-driving car shipping carrier, and hoping Elaine Chao can make that work.
How auto shipping regulations affect you
You may not notice them, but auto transport regulations and the restrictions placed on car transport companies are often good. Driving hour restrictions make the roads safer by pulling tired car transport drivers off them.
These auto shipping regulations will likely stay in place. However, regulations for new auto transport trucks – specifically, self-driving ones – may be lax.
Chao has a history of deregulation. During her stint as Labor Secretary, two mine collapses happened, one in 2006 and one in 2007. Chao cut more than a hundred mine safety inspections prior to the disasters. After finding 208 violations of mine safety, in 2007 and 2008, mine injury rates were at all time lows in 2009, though. This could mean Chao rectified her mistakes, or that other people were really the issue for those mining disasters.
Regardless, most auto shipping regulations will likely come in the form of new regulations on self-driving trucks. However, how much regulation these new car shipping trucks will see is up for debate. Chao has yet to say anything about it, but we’ll keep you posted on these issues in the coming months.
Will auto shipping regulations affect quotes and prices?
Possibly. We won’t know yet, but they aren’t affecting any car transport quotes or prices right now. If you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free quote request form. It’s free and won’t take more than a minute, but will net you free quotes from top car shippers within about an hour. We clear every company that sends you a quote for both dependability and reliability. This includes making sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. Questions? Concerns? Need help getting your quotes? Give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.