We are just about to see the transition happen from the Obama to the Trump Administration. As this happens we will see the usual cast of characters rotate, out with the old and in with the new. We are watching closely what happens with the transportation industry as this change takes place. What changes will happen in such a regulated industry? How will this effect the development of new technologies? Will safety standards change?
Here are three articles we found that look at what changes may be ahead for the transportation industry.
Obama Administration Moved The Ball Forward On Transportation: Foxx
Stephanie Beasley looks back at what Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has done for the transportation industry. The accomplishment that stood out to us was his legacy on technology. In recent we have seen a rise in drones and driverless cars and those are two technologies that if not regulated could run wild. Even if Foxx’s policies aren’t kept in the future administration it was a jumping off place for these new technologies.
Transportation Secretary Nominee Elaine Chao: What You Need To Know
Alissa Walker from Curbed wrote last week about the new Transportation Secretary nominee, Elaine Chao, and what might be important to know if you are in the transportation industry. The piece of information that stuck out to us was about her having a “light touch” on regulations. This could be a good thing for technological advances in the transportation industry. With fewer restrictions larger strides could be made, hopefully with safety still in mind.
Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up To Limit New Rules
Paul Page from the Walls Street Journal writes about the trucking and rail industries teaming up to try to limit heavy regulations on the transportation industry. One of the regulations they use as an example is the limitation on trucker’s work hours. The feeling is that this was a policy written by people not in the industry and therefore is more detrimental than helpful to the trucking industry. Their hope is to put limits on policy writers in place so that policies don’t get written and passed that without the involvement of the people the policies effect.