New Petition Urges President Trump to “Defund” the FMCSA
Washington D.C. – A new petition calling for the “reorganization, impeachment, expulsion and defunding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)” was launched on Friday.
In the wake of a WhiteHouse.gov petition launched in October and signed by more than 32,000 people asking President Trump to suspend the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs), James Lamb, president of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC), is now setting his sights on the FMCSA.
On Friday, Lamb commissioned a new petition calling for the the “impeachment and removal” of the FMCSA from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The petition reads in part:
FMCSA has ignored Congressional Directives such as MAP-21, which required certification of ELD manufacturers’ products, failed to publish information required by regulation to help carriers vet ELD products, violated various Federal Statutes, including releasing CMV Drivers’ personally identifiable information (i.e. social security numbers) without consent (Privacy Act), failed to report to Congress as directed, refused to address USDOT data that show increase in large truck fatality rates & fraudulently processed exemption applications.
This gives rise to questions about the ethics & integrity of FMCSA bureaucrats and calls for Sunset Legislation to defund the agency or reorganization of USDOT by the President.
Lamb intensified his rhetoric this week telling Transportation Nation Network (TNN), “If the U.S. Government is not going to suspend ELDs and study the apparent ELD correlation, causation, and connection to a now 30-year high in large truck occupant highway accident rates, maybe drivers should find another occupation.”
Lamb acknowledged, “Of course we know in reality there is no such thing as impeaching a regulatory agency. We just want to get people’s attention and tap into the national hype of the real impeachment proceedings.”
Still, he hopes the petition will garner the 100,000 signatures it needs by January 5, 2020 in order to get a written response from the Trump Administration and possibly spur governmental action to defund the agency.
So far, however, the petition has picked up approximately 100 signatures in the first two days.
Comparatively, the ELD suspension petition launched in October collected approximately 25,000 signatures in the first week.
However, the effort later stalled and fell approximately 70,000 signatures short of reaching the needed mark of 100,000.
To read and sign the petition to defund the FMCSA, click HERE.
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