DOT Seeks Comments on Regulatory Burden

The Department of Transportation (DOT) last week released a notice that it is in the midst of reviewing its existing regulations and other agency actions to evaluate their continued necessity, determine whether they are crafted effectively to solve current problems, and evaluate whether they burden the development or use of domestically-produced energy resources. Improvement of regulations is a continuous focus of DOT.

According to DOT, “There should be no more regulations than necessary, and those regulations should be straightforward, clear and designed to minimize burdens. Further, DOT regulations and other agency actions should not unnecessarily obstruct, delay, curtail, or otherwise impose significant costs on the sitting, permitting, production, utilization, transmission, or delivery of energy resources.”

Outlined in the scope of comments section, the DOT is clear that it is interested in comments on DOT regulations or other agency action that imposes unjustifiable burdens on regulated entities or on the use or production of domestic energy resources. Following the scope, an appendix is attached that outlines the top 20 DOT Economically Significant Rulemakings, including the ELD mandate, Alcohol and Drug Clearinghouse and Entry-Level Driver training requirements.

TIA will file formal comments on the negative impacts of the CSA initiative on 3PLs and brokers and the withdrawal of the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) notice of proposed rulemaking.