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By USA Today
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx proposed on Thursday to reduce trucking paperwork to save the industry $1.7 billion a year.

The paperwork deals with inspection reports required before and after every trip a commercial truck makes. The inspections on 4 million vehicles cover 20 items to check, in case anything needs repair.

Under Foxx's proposed rule, truckers would be required to file only reports that detail defects, which are found in only 5 percent of inspections.

Inspections would be required before and after each trip, just not the reports that Foxx said required 47.2 million work hours each year.

“President Obama has challenged his administration to cut waste and red tape,” Foxx said. “If this rule goes into effect, we will eliminate the burden of completing and retaining reports when there is nothing to report.”

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