The U.S. Transportation Secretary made the announcement last week that a proposal has been made that, if accepted, will eliminate a hefty amount of paperwork that burdens truck drivers. Professional truck drivers are currently required to fill out lengthy stacks of documents both before and after taking a shipment on their vehicles. The federal regulations are designed to protect the safety of the public, but some of the paperwork requirements are unnecessarily burdensome, time consuming, and costly. Costs in the industry could be cut down by as much as a billion dollars a year if the proposal is accepted. (See the official Press Release Here)
The announcement is great news for consumers who may be looking into having a car shipped. Drivers of commercial trucks have to perform pre and post trip inspections of their vehicles and equipment. The paperwork that is proposed to be eliminated is what is known as the Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, or DVIRs. Currently, the DVRIs must be filled out whether an issue is present or not. Only 5% of the reports that are filed contain cases where repairs are needed. By changing the paperwork requirements to include only reports when issues are present, both time and money can be saved.
Anne S. Ferro, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator, supported the proposal, stating that the agency will be able to better focus on the reports that include problematic issues. Safety will not be compromised, since trucks and equipment that are in need of any repairs will receive the attention that they need. Trucks and equipment that are not found to have any problems during the inspections can continue to operate, and drivers will not have to take the time to fill in the paperwork.
President Obama has encouraged his administration to seek out viable ways to reduce burdensome paperwork regulations. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox announced the proposal on August 1st, and quickly garnered a positive response. It is positive news for the administration, for commercial truck drivers, and for consumers who use the services of the trucking industry. The savings of time and costs should be passed onto the consumers, making it beneficial for the professional drivers and those looking to have cargo shipped. Consumers who need or want to have a vehicle shipped anywhere in the United States will benefit from savings on the cost if the proposal is accepted and the changes are implemented across the industry.