Regs, Regs and More Regs

Jan 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

On the cover of the magazine, Fleet Owner, the headline read – “Outlook 2012: Regs, Regs and more Regs.” It’s ironic they would feature this topic as my husband and I were just discussing how much more government regulations have affected us since we started our business.

The article started with a quote from Will Rogers, “….in every war they kill you in a new way.” So true, as 2012 will be included in the endless war for survival and profitability for trucking in America – this includes towers folks. The only good news for the trucking industry is on the Congressional front. Because of partisan polarization, it’s thought that few, if any, new regulations will arrive via legislation. But that doesn’t mean you, our national and state towing associations shouldn’t keep a sharp focus on what happens on Capitol Hill.

Here are the magazine’s top 10 regulatory and legislative issues facing trucking in 2012: hours of service, highway reauthorization, electronic onboard logs, carrier fitness determination, entry-level driver training, quick union elections, sleep apnea, drug and alcohol clearinghouse, electronic stability control and the handheld cell ban.

These are some of the government agencies the trucking industry has to deal with: the Senate and the House, FMCSA, DOT, NHTSA, OMB, NLRB, OSHA, EPA, DOL, NLRB. Almost looks like text messages, doesn’t it?

I realize not all towing companies will be affected by these proposed law changes, but it would definitely be better to be prepared for battle and the war ahead, because somewhere down the line, some new rule or regulation is going to affect our industry.