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Secretary Foxx Announces Proposal To Save Trucking Industry $1.7 Billion Annually By Eliminating Major Paperwork Burden

Proposed rule would maintain safety inspections while eliminating unneeded paperwork

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a proposal to eliminate a burdensome daily paperwork requirement for professional truck drivers that will reduce costs to the industry by an estimated $1.7 billion annually while still maintaining the Department's high safety standards.

"President Obama challenged his Administration to find ways to cut waste and red tape, a challenge I pledged to meet during my confirmation hearing," said Secretary Foxx. "With today's proposal, we are delivering on that pledge, saving business billions of dollars while maintaining our commitment to safety.  It's the kind of win-win solution that I hope our Department will continue to find over the coming months."

"This is a great example of the progress being made under the Administration's regulatory lookback initiative," said Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell.  "The Administration is carefully examining rules on the books to see where we can streamline, modify or repeal regulations to reduce unnecessary burdens and costs on businesses and consumers.  By making this common-sense change to the DVIR process, the Department of Transportation is dramatically reducing paperwork burdens on the trucking industry, while continuing to protect public safety."   

Current federal regulations require commercial truck drivers to conduct pre- and post-trip equipment inspections and file Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) after each inspection, regardless of whether or not an issue requiring repairs is identified.  DVIRs are the 19 th-highest paperwork burden, based on the number of hours needed to comply, imposed across all federal agencies and only 5 percent of reports filed include defects. Today's announcement represents the largest paperwork reduction achieved since President Obama's May 2012 Executive Order to reduce regulatory burdens on the private sector.

Under the proposed change announced today, commercial truck drivers would continue conducting pre- and post-trip inspections. However, DVIRs would be required only if defects or deficiencies were discovered by or reported to the driver during the day's operations.

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