Trucking Regulatory Excellence IntelliConference

Rules and regulations are promulgated in reaction to various events and experiences. Often, they develop a life of their own, untethered to the original intent, frustrating all involved. Improvements are often challenging as individual industries and companies beseech government from a vested-interest point of view. The North American Freight Forum will gather all informed perspectives into a body of trucking regulatory recommendations to be delivered to the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian administrations.

Core Question:

What regulations can stakeholders agree on that are either outdated, de minimis, redundant, counter-productive, or can be improved in support of the growth of trucking and its service?

  1. In addition to the following, what other areas do regulations apply in owning and operating trucks?
    1. Financial reporting
    2. Service reporting
    3. Licenses and permits
    4. Employee management
    5. Equipment management
    6. Driver regulations
    7. Taxes
    8. Insurance and liability
  2. What regulations do not have any impact and are therefore unnecessary?
  3. What regulations are counter-productive?
  4. What regulations are redundant, where the issue is handled by another regulation or procedure?
  5. What regulations should be eliminated because the issue they target is inconsequential?
  6. What regulations should be improved in some way? How?
  7. What regulations that apply to all size companies should be amended for smaller companies?
  8. What activities or relationships need new regulations?

Next Round:

Trucking Regulatory IntelliConference: Costs, Benefits, Implications, Priorities

  1. What process should be established for reviewing and/or sunsetting rules and regulations at intervals or upon change in circumstances?
  2. How should hard and soft costs of rules and regs be calculated and recognized?
  3. How should we prioritize issues for our attention within the North American Freight Forum?
  4. What changes should be made to rulemaking and regulatory processes?
  5. How can the NAFF Regulatory IntelliConference process be institutionalized and perpetuated?
  6. How can the need for rules and regs be mitigated with trust and cooperation?
  7. How can federal, state, and local regulations be consolidated and streamlined to improve the overall efficiency for trucking companies and regulatory agencies?
  8. How can increasing liability insurance costs be addressed to limit negative impacts on trucking companies, shippers, and consumers?
  9. How do we balance the costs to the trucking industry from the “Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse” initiative with the safety benefits for the industry and the general public?
  10. How does the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement impact truck transportation?
  11. What are the effects of California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) legislation and what are the potential ramifications if this ruling became a national law?
  12. Other than enhanced hazmat employee training, how can we streamline OSHA, USDOT, and state DOT safety regulations and inspections to provide a more efficient, safe working environment?
  13. How can we integrate local, state, and federal motor carrier security requirements?
  14. How should the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) rules be improved?
  15. How can trucking companies and public agencies share proprietary freight data for better planning while protecting confidential commercial information and relationships?
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