- The American Association of Railroads has joined a multitude of other businesses and organizations in seeking a reevaluation of ongoing regulation demands placed on a variety of industries, reported the Association of American Railroads Wednesday.
- The letter calls the current regulatory system "broken" and calls for greater bipartisan executive orders to create a more common-sense, narrowly tailored solution that still abides by Congress' intent.
- The 380 signatories seek a "Regulatory Accountability Act" that would increase the transparency of government regulations through the early gathering of data, evaluation of various options, and receive input from the public constituency before changes are made.
Every industry needs rules and regulations, but a lack of applied logic in writing new laws is causing some to challenge the ultimate effectiveness of those regulations' intentions.
Unsound training mandates, as well as designated hours of service breaks, have negatively impacted the American Trucking Association. An application of erroneous or ill-considered data by both Congress and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has caused the trucking industry to petition for change on more than one occasion, and praising the decision-making process when common sense prevails.
However, that's a good scenario. A worse one facing the truckers of America is the call for a mandatory speed limiter. A wildly unpopular scheme, over 3,000 comments protesting the mandate have already poured in to the Department of Transportation. These are the types of regulatory issues that the transportation industry in the supply chain faces when regulations are added without proper data analysis and consideration, which have become a driving force in these various industries' reaching out to Congress.