Road safety advocates in California and around the country are worried that President-elect Donald Trump's campaign stance on regulations could place road users in danger. During a contentious and controversial presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to support American businesses and encourage entrepreneurship by slashing regulations. He also floated the idea of forcing federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new rule put into place.
Safety groups are concerned about how these campaign promises could impact pending rule changes that would limit the maximum speeds of new heavy commercial vehicles. The regulations, which were initially proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, were published in August 2016. However, comments submitted by members of the public and trade groups must be reviewed before published rules are implemented, and it can take federal agencies a year or longer to complete this process.