Truckers protest electronic logging devices

Truckers want to hit the brakes on mandate they say will make roads less safe, drive up prices

Truckers want to hit the brakes on mandate they say will make roads less safe, drive up prices

Truckers say these devices are also costly for them, because they'll have to pay a monthly monitoring fee as well, on top of purchasing the device itself which could be upwards of $400 or more. Independent owner operators are the most concerned, leading to an ongoing though unsuccessful battle against instituting the change.

"We don't know if we are going to get the regulations stopped", Reed said. One is sent to a driver's electronic device, such as a tablet, laptop or smartphone, to automatically log hours of service, the other is a safety report sent to the company.

- Jessica Michels (@JessicaMichels7) December 4, 2017I went to the #Illinois #ELDorME protest this morning. We have got guys out here that have twenty plus years on the road and have never had an accident.

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"There is a plethora of reasons why the ELD mandate is actually bad for everyone", said Matt Kane, an organizer of Monday's nationwide ELD or Me Media Blitz. "If they won't come to us, then we're going to go to them", she said.

In Hill's letter, the Attorney General spoke to the FMCSA on behalf of the mandate requiring drivers to invest in ELD-compliant products despite not having a precedent to go off of in terms of what technology will work best. "They're exhausted of all the regulation", said Doug Hasner, truck driver. Meals, fuel stops, traffic delays, waits at shipping and receiving terminals, are included in the 14-hour limit.

Industry experts are predicting higher demand for freight broker services in light of a possible capacity crunch of 5-10% resulting from the ELD mandate, ThomasNet.com reported Monday.

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"With manufacturers of ELDs now responsible for "self-certifying" their compliance with government standards, with no effective procedures seemingly yet developed to provide oversight over such "self-certifying", drivers and operators are left without any way of ascertaining which brands and models of devices ultimately will pass muster", said Hill. He used to pull a reefer but recently started hauling oversized loads.

But Muxlow believes the new e-logs are just a race against time, adding more stress and danger to his job. "As much as I love to feed the country, I can't sit in a dock all day and still get the food to them". Implementation is estimated to cost the industry $2 billion annually. "The ECMs in my truck are made for diagnostics, they're not made to send and receive things to another computer".

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