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Safety measures removed from list of active rulemakings

Effects of the Trump administration's reluctance to implement new regulatory actions are reverberating throughout the trucking industry, and motorists in Illinois and other states across the nation may want to know more. In June 2017, the DOT quietly withdrew an ongoing sleep apnea screening rule with no indication of when the mandate might next be pursued. One month later, the U.S. Department of Transportation has backed away from the pursuit of a rule concerning the use of speed limiters.

A federal memo ordering the halt of new regulations coupled with a reported erosion of support for a speed limiter rule over the past year has apparently taken a toll. In a regulatory bi-annual update, the DOT has moved the truck speed limiter mandate to its long-term agenda. Industry officials now expect the rule to be a non-starter under the Trump administration.

According to an initial report, the sleep apnea protocol was believed to be proceeding as planned. However, officials now recognize that progress on this mandate will remain at a standstill unless the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration restarts the process.

Illinois residents who share the roadway with commercial truckers may question whether the decision to postpone these mandates compromises safety. The sleep apnea rule was thought by many industry observers to be a good way to cut down on the number of accidents caused by truck driver fatigue. Of course, speed is also a factor in many truck accidents as well. In the meantime, occupants of other vehicles who are injured in a collision caused by a negligent truck driver may want to meet with an attorney to see how best to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable amounts.

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