Trucking, Auto Shipping Regulations Put on Hold
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have “stalled” recent proposals to install speed limiters in long-haul trucks. They’ve also put on hold new regulations that would deal with “obstructive sleep apnea” in drivers.
The more important of the two – at least, when it comes to auto shipping and auto shipping regulations – is the speed limiter. The limiter was a proposed mechanism that would have to be installed in a truck’s engine. It would limit the truck’s maximum speed to anywhere from 62-68 miles per hour, though hard limits were not proposed. Regardless, the DOT and the FMCSA have decided to shelve these proposals.
How speed regulating auto shipping regulations would have impacted you
These regulations affect far more industries than the auto transport industry, of course. But it would definitely affect long-haul car shippers alongside traditional carriers. And while we can’t say for certain what these regulations might have done, we can take a guess. And remember, these regulations have simply been put on the back burner; they aren’t necessarily DOA or anything like that. So we could see the DOT and FMCSA implement them at a later date.
Let’s tackle the speed limiters first. Keeping long-haul trucks under 70 MPH is probably a good idea, and most auto shippers don’t travel faster than that anyway. At least, on most roads. There are stretches of interstate highway (one that comes to mind is I-5) where limits can go all the way to 70 MPH. And that’s the speed limit. So a carrier could easily travel 75-80 MPH on those stretches.
A limiter, though, would obviously make it to where they are unable to do that. So on stretches of highway where they’re allowed to travel faster, they physically wouldn’t be able to. This could create traffic problems, congestion, and slow down traffic on those routes. But more importantly, it would likely increase travel time, at least along some of the more major routes. This could result in longer wait times and higher prices, especially if they can’t get to each customer as quickly as they could.
How sleep apnea auto shipping regulations would have impacted you
The sleep apnea regulation…this one is a bit trickier. I’m really not sure how prevalent sleep apnea is among long-haul drivers, but I do know how it can affect sleep for normal people. And people who don’t get a good night’s sleep tend to function less well than those that do. This could lead to driver impairment down the line. However, without knowing exactly how many drivers suffer sleep apnea, knowing how big an impact this regulation would have is a bit harder to determine.
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