"ELD or Me" Campaign Gains Steam, Truckers Protest

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

New York truckers protest electronic logging devices

She says the ELDs take away a driver's flexibility in managing their daily work hours. "The University of MI did a study where they hacked an ELD very easily".

These will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry and guidance on the "personal conveyance" provision. "That might sound like 'oh okay great, your shippers and receivers know where their freight is but so do the criminals", said Douglas Hasner, owner and operator of Landstar Trucking. "You go somewhere to pick up a load; you sit in the dock for nearly two to three hours".

"That truck is my home, my business, my money-maker, first of all it's my home, I have a right not to have a tracking device on my home", said Kim Schwindt, whose being driving big rigs for the last six years.

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. "I'm projected to lose about $50,000 next year, if this trend continues".

The early group at the anti-ELD mandate event in Nashville, from left: Tom Harris; Ingrid Brown; Dennis Piersall; David Floyd; Lius Buhl of Knoxville, Tenn.; Russell Knight of Richmond, Va.; Sandra Mendenhall of Milton, W.Va.; and Robert Scott of California.

"These guys have 1 to 2 million miles under their belts, and they have clean safety records", he said. "All of this data is coming out after the mandate starts". We're pleased that they have continued that conversation by issuing this 90-day waiver to fully evaluate how our industry can comply with this regulation.

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Sources from the ELD or Me group have stated that the technology associated with the ELD Compliance is one of several reasons as to why the mandate should be postponed, stating that drivers across the country all face different challenges in their careers, yet the ELD Mandate may be a common challenge.

Hill's chief concern is that there is no government or third-party verification in place for the ELD device self-certification process. "They must fly blindly into investing in products they are being required to purchase". They want the mandate put on hold until the issues can be resolved.

Starting at 9 a.m. local time on Monday, drivers all across the nation began showing up and tweeting at politicians and local media, seeking to shine the spotlight on their concerns.

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