This week President-elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of Elaine Chao as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
American Trucking Associations (ATA) President Chris Spear has commented favorably on the selection, noting that Chao has extensive experience in this field, having served as deputy secretary of transportation in the administration of President George H. W. Bush.
Chao was secretary of labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2009, the longest tenure in that post since World War II. After her government service Chao held a position as a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
If confirmed in her appointment as transportation secretary, Chao will preside over policy on issues that are receiving heightened attention, given the incoming administration’s plan to allocate as much as $1 trillion toward rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, including roads and bridges.
It is expected that the ELD mandate will be upheld. In fact, some transportation businesses have been adopting electronic hours of service (HOS) solutions early, before the 2017 deadline, to allow their staff to acclimate to the devices and better prepare their fleets to be compliant.
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