Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shady or stupid, feds blow it with speed limiter proposal

As complicated as it may seem to some, there are steps to the rulemaking process. Those steps are in place, and each has a purpose, to ensure a transparent rulemaking process that allows the public the access and opportunity to give input on regs that agencies are planning to dictate our lives with.

The “proposed” regulation on speed limiters misses the mark. So bad. Like falling out of a boat and not even hitting water bad.

For starters, this is all because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a petition a decade ago to consider mandating speed limiters.

That didn’t obligate the agencies to anything.

Yet they plod ahead. I doubt we’ll ever know why, but they have. At every single turn this proposal has hit roadblocks. Research had to be cooked up, literally numbers were tortured into submission, to back speed limiters. The White House obviously had serious misgivings about the proposal since it remained under review for more than a year when most proposals and new regs sail through review in about 90 days.

It’s truly baffling to see it progress to the point it has. But what clinches the deal on utter shock is what the agencies actually presented as a “proposed” regulation.

This “proposed” reg proposes next to nothing. It’s a federal government fishing expedition. In the proper regulatory process this would be an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. That’s what that stage of the regulatory process is for. It’s floating an idea out to the public for input. It’s the tire-kicking stage of the rulemaking process. Try things out, see how they feel, see what the research says before buying in and creating a new regulation.

But here we are with pages of nothing remotely concrete enough to be considered a credible proposed regulation that the public can review and comment on with confidence. It’s a concept – limiting the speed of big trucks – and page after page after page of questions they want the public to answer.

I could spend days (actually I have spent days) wondering what in the world the motive is. It’s maddening to try and figure out what they think they are doing. I had to quit before I started wearing a tinfoil hat around muttering far-fetched conspiracy theories to anyone who would listen.

Regardless of what they think they are doing, putting this proposal out and pretending it is a credible foundation for a final rule is patently reckless. They might as well have just said, “Here, hold my beer.” 

4 comments:

  1. I know the job of Congress is to pass Laws and same with Government agencies to pass Regulations.
    But, At some point they have to STOP!!!!
    We as AMERICANS ARE LOOSING OUR FREEDOM AND ARE OVER REGULATED,AND ALREADY LOST OUR PRIVACY! !!
    At SOME POINT, THEY NEED TO STOP,AND START GOING OVER EXISTING LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND DO AWAY WITH THE ONES:
    1) THAT DON'T WORK
    2) THAT ARE NOT BEING ENFORCED
    3) THAT ARE PLAIN STUPID AND DON'T MAKE SENSE
    4) THAT NO ONE WANTS!!
    5) THAT INFRINGE ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
    WE TRUCK DRIVERS AREN'T SUB-AMERICANS!!
    WE DIDN'T SURRENDER OUR CITIZENSHIP TO GET OUR CDLs!!!
    If all these Regulations keep coming, IT'S GOING TO CAUSE A LOT OF DRIVERS TO LEAVE THE INDUSTRY AND OTHERS NOT TO JOIN IT!!
    I have been a Truck Driver for 34 yrs and I HATE WHAT IT HAS BECOME! !!
    I could never figure out why the Government has to always OVER THINK ALL PROBLEMS! !!??
    They DESPERATELY NEED PEOPLE WITH....COMMONSENSE! !!!
    I think that everything in life and out here on THE ROAD should be EXPERIENCED BASED AND MERIT BASED!!
    I have always said, "YOU CAN GET MORE WITH REWARDS!!"
    10 years of driving experience and NO DOT REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS.....EXEMPT FROM LOGBOOK!!
    I know that NO ONE likes doing a Logbook, and this would give them something to strive for!! Roads would be safer!
    With 10+ years of experience, you know what you are doing,and you have a clean record,and don't want to screw it up,and you you know your limits, and you won't let your Dispatcher push you!!
    MAKES SENSE TO ME! !
    ***BUT THAT WON'T HAPPEN! !
    WHY??
    BECAUSE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SAFETY,!! IT'S THE LARGE CARRIERS DICTATING BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SAVE MONEY AND HAVE SLOW TRUCKS AND THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO COMPETE WITH THE LITTLE GUY!!!
    ALSO, THEY NEED SOMEONE TO BLAME WHEN THERE'S A ACCIDENT (WRECK)!!!
    TRUCK IS ALWAYS AT FAULT IN A ACCIDENT AND YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOUR NOT!!! (IF YOU ARE OFF 15MINS OR FORGET TO WRITE IN SOMETHING. ...IT'S YOUR FAULT! !! MILLIONS OF DOLLARS GOES TO SOMEONE! !!

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    1. Bravo! I am confident the general public would be emphatically against the would be result of a speed limiter mandate as well. They just don't care to notice or follow things they don't perceive as immediately affecting them. But that does not mean it wouldn't.

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    2. The unfortunate reality is they believe that if they are not making regulations and finding ways to impose new ones then their jobs would be at risk. Truth is they are right if they are not making regulations that require more governance then their budgets are cut and people lose jobs. Always follow the money because the truth is it is always about revenue and never about safety as they claim. If they were truly doing their jobs they would be working to makes trucks less dangerous ie... Not bombs on wheels that every time they are scratched burst in to flames.

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  2. Follow the money- have there been any big donations from tech companies that make this technology?

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