DRAINING THE SWAMP by Henry Seaton November 15, 2017
The London sewer is an apt metaphor for the regulatory swamp. USA Today reports that fat balls composed of fat, grease and oil and weighing as much as 800 pounds block the sewer and can only be removed by shovels had work. Likewise, the regulatory swamp of motor carrier regulations can only be drained if the monstrous regulations impeding the chain of commerce are removed.
The new administration now requires that two regulations be canceled for every new one which is passed. But to date the FMCSA has not proposed to remove the fat balls which impede commerce and kill fair competition. Instead it proposes to remove what it cavalierly calls “nothing burgers.” Nothing burgers are lists of regulations which cost the agency nothing or as little as $350. Many of them address basic rules of commerce such as claims rules and recordkeeping requirements which establish uniform standards and serve a legitimate purpose.
Identifying the true fat balls is the issue. Both the FMCSA and the DOT have been required to ask for comments. A thoughtful, meaningful and necessary reform agenda has been presented by the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform coalition but as yet has not been acknowledged by the bureaucrats or established Washington lobbyists. If we are ever going to reform federal regulations or interdict the agency’s proposal to adopt and even more burdensome and intrusive use of big data, now is the time the issue must be addressed.
If you are a shipper, broker or carrier and have a concern about the future of our industry, read www.MCRR.net and join. Become an advocate and support meaningful regulatory reform.