Every time a presidential transition occurs, many people wonder what will happen to their jobs, the industry that they work in, and how their bottom line will be affected. Here are some of the speculations experts in the trucking industry are making about the upcoming presidency and how you can expect it to affect you.
General Trends to Expect
Overall, you should expect a slightly looser regulatory environment when it comes to the trucking industry. There should be many different opportunities for some trucking industry law reform, but there is also a real possibility that nothing might change. Ideally, the Department of Transportation would completely overhaul how it develops trucking regulations and laws and work along with the trucking industry to create growth and industry-friendly guidelines.
How Will It Affect Your Daily Job?
In terms of your daily job, many people are hoping that a new presidency will usher in an era of infrastructure projects and new roadways. This will mean great things for truck drivers, as new roads will be safer, allow for quicker travel, and let you do your job better than ever before. However, increasing the quality of the roadways might also mean the trucking industry having to contribute to the cost of doing so—something that might remove any sort of savings gained from the deal.
Obama Era Regulations
The Department of Transportation’s requirement that trucks weighing over 26,000 lbs. be outfitted with devices limiting their top speed might not become a law underneath the new administration. While this issue is a hot button throughout small and large trucking companies, it will definitely be up for debate as the baton passes. Changes to hours-of-service rules will also probably be put on the back burner for at least the first couple years of the administration, as there are much higher priorities on the incoming president’s list.
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