(Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety)
In joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security warned that an exemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association would gut the long-settled electronic logging device rule by allowing nearly all trucking companies to delay compliance.
OODIA’s request for a five-year exemption to the ELD rule is a transparent attempt to bypass Congress and the courts by regurgitating discredited arguments which seek to advance special interests at the expense of road safety for all motorists, the groups said.
The ELD rule was issued by the FMCSA in 2015 and took effect on December 18, 2017; requiring trucks to have an ELD that tracks a driver’s on-duty time. In addition to being mandated by Congress the rule was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2016. According to the commenting groups, it also has the support of law enforcement, public health and safety groups, truck drivers, and trucking companies. Click here to read more.