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Todd Dills

FMCSA calling off so-called ‘red-shirt mandate’

| April 01, 2013
FMCSA's red-shirt-mandate proposal's scrapping caused bid levels to spike on a trailer at auction on eBay with one of the agency's old advertisements on it. (File under: Taxpayer dollars at work.)

FMCSA’s red-shirt-mandate proposal’s scrapping caused bid levels to spike on a trailer at auction on eBay with one of the agency’s old advertisements on it. (File under: Taxpayer dollars at work.)

A year to the day after it issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would have required all commercial truck drivers to wear red t-shirts behind in the wheel in interest of public safety (and coming on the heels of a rash of bizarre acts that culminated in the Christmas Eve determination that the Santa Claus operation constituted an imminent hazard to public safety), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially withdrawn the NPRM. As primary reason for the withdrawal, FMCSA referenced its internal Truck-Regulation Public-Comment-Believability Index (TRPCBI), which takes the ratio of the number of rule-positive comments versus negative ones and normalizes the ratio by the rate of weekly comments for a “measurement of effective punitive policy,” a representative said.

To put it in layman’s terms?

“If we get too many positive comments, we know we’re doing something wrong.”

Such appears to be the case with the agency’s proposed entry into the dress of commercial truck drivers.

“Heck, I need some new shirts anyway,” said Bob Dove of North Lake, Tenn., on the public docket. “And judging by some of the stuff I’ve seen guys wearing out here, I’m not the only one. This industry could use a facelift. I’m all for it!”

“OMG I love red!” said another commenter.

FMCSA reps say the red-shirt mandate response was so positive, the associated TRPCBI spike triggered a Congressionally mandated agency internal review that could take up to three or four decades but which could ultimately result in an about face for the way it conducts business. “Who knows?” said the FMCSA rep. “We could well drop the hours regulations altogether before all’s said and done. CSA? Scrap it.”

Thoughts? With any and all commentary, use hashtag #truckingaprilfoolsday — and keep the shiny side up today, drivers!

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  • Mike Jones

    Yep Communist Red…..The Trucking Dictatorship….enforced by the Brown Shirts……makes sense…

  • Mike Jones

    The shirt/Uniforms will be brown with Bold Swastikaz!!!!
    The SS will enforce the New Dress Code.

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  • Jimmy the Greek

    I could go for that , those were the good old days ,

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Now you are showing how little you know of them times , A Communist is a left winger the National Socialists of Nazi’s as you call them were Fascist Under a Fascist form of government factories and industry ECT is privately owned however the government keep a good eye on them to keep them in line to act in the best interests of the country and the workers ( not a bad thing ) it keeps them from moving the plants to cheap labor countries like china , under Communism the 1% at the top run the show and are the government and own everything , Under Capitalism like Communism the 1% owns the government and called the shots the workers get crapped on they move the jobs to places like china so they can make more money at the same time selling out the people and the country , Communism and capitalism are two sides of the same coin . What is needed in America is a right wing nationalist movement A good Fascist government that looks out for only America and to hell with the rest of the world

  • guest their Communist Manifesto?? Seems appropriate. Marching in Lockstep?? This is what it basically is today. GooseStepping on wheels….they probably thought they were tipping their hand too much with the RED SHIRTS……good obediant RED SHIRTS……..OBEY, COMPLY, CONFORM??? Be a good little RED SHIRT…….imagine millions of these Chumps marching around the truck stops to piped in Commands!! Hitler would Love these ideas……he would be Grinning from ear to ear if he could see Today’s American Chump/trucker……..Red Shirted Slaveboys. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.