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Proposal would change rules for declaring a truck company unfit

Posted on January 19, 2016

When it comes to government responses to unsafe trucking company conduct, quickness can be essential. The longer it takes for a proper response action to be taken by the government, the longer the dangerous conditions may continue to be present, which obviously could be problematic traffic-safety-wise.

Currently, there are some such government response actions that generally cannot be taken terribly quickly. One of these is the federal government action of declaring a trucking company unfit to operate due to safety violations. One reason for this is that currently, in order for this type of action to be taken, the government must perform a formal audit of the company, which can be quite time-consuming.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has put forth a proposed rule that would change this. This proposed rule, if ultimately put into force, would make it so making a federal declaration of unfitness on a truck company would no longer require a formal audit, but rather could be based on findings from roadside inspections.

Proponents of the proposed rule argue that it would make it easier to get unsafe trucking companies off the roads. Opponents meanwhile argue that this may not be an effective and fair way to achieve that goal.

Do you think this rule change would allow the federal government to respond more quickly to dangerous conduct by trucking companies? Do you think this proposed rule, if put into force, would overall be a positive thing?

Federal responses to unsafe trucking company conduct is not the only truck-related area where quickness is important. Promptness can also be important for a truck accident victim when taking actions in response to their accident. The longer such a person waits to look into their legal options, the more limited their options could be, due to things such as evidence fading over time, witness memory becoming hazier over time and statute of limitation issues. Thus, when a person has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, it can be important for them to promptly speak with an experienced truck crash lawyer.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Federal Regulators to Toughen Truck Safety Rules,” Loretta Chao, Jan. 15, 2016