FMSCA advisory committee looking to cut regulations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun the process of identifying burdensome regulations for possible elimination, as ordered by President Donald Trump earlier this year.

Trump issued an executive order requiring that for every new federal regulatory action at least two prior rules must be identified for elimination.

FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee has been given the job of reviewing the agency’s regulations and recommending candidates for elimination.

FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne said the agency’s staff gave the committee a list of 12 possible regulatory relief candidates to consider. Some regulations on the list are outdated or no longer enforced.

The types of rules that might be cut include noise emission standards, motor carrier routing regulations, record preservation rules, road results for non-CDL drivers and certain agricultural requirements.

However, because the committee is “purely advisory,” its members could accept or reject those suggestions and come up with a totally different list, DeBruyne said.

The advisory committee, whose members include representatives of the truck and bus industries, law enforcement, unions and safety advocacy groups, is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA administrator on motor carrier safety programs and regulations.

The committee meets quarterly and is expected to present its recommendations later this summer.

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