Boise, ID- Truckers gathered at truck stops Idaho to protest a rule that requires all commercial trucks to have electronic log devices by December 18, 2017.
What Do the Truckers Say?
Electronic log devices are connected to the ignition of a commercial truck and log the number of hours a driver spends on the road. Some truck drivers and a few industry leaders want the ELD implementation delayed and possibly stopped, but the deadline is approaching fast. That is why truckers across the country gathered to rally against the mandate.
Some of the drivers gathered in Twin Falls told KMVT that they object to ELDs because of the cost and concern over their privacy. One driver said he has used paper log books for 15 years and sees no reason to use an electronic log.
Another trucker told KMVT that ELDs violated his right to privacy and expressed concern that the government is tracking his movement. That’s the main argument of the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) who filed a lawsuit last year to stop the ELD rule, but a judge overturned the case. They also argued that there is not enough evidence to prove ELDs efficiently prevent trucking accidents.
There was also an effort in Congress launched by Representative Brian Babbin to stop the rule, but his bill never gained traction.
ELD Facts.com says the yearly cost of ELD compliance ranges from $165 to $832, depending on the model with most drivers choosing a $495 annual plan.
While independent drivers oppose the ELD rule, many trucking companies and advocacy groups, including the American Trucking Associations, the Trucking Alliance, and the Truckload Carriers Association, are in favor of the ELD mandate and welcome the implementation date.
Why Are Electronic Log Devices Mandatory?
When the FMCSA decided to make ELDs mandatory, their priority was to ensure the safety of motorists and truck drivers by preventing fatigued driving. Electronic logs cannot be altered or falsified which keeps drivers from circumventing hours-of-service rules. The FMCSA said the ELD rule could save dozens of lives and prevent hundreds of injuries each year.
Part of the FMCSA’s reasoning when made the ELD rule was to keep drivers from altering or falsifying their log books. That isn’t a standard practice, but it is a problem that needed to be addressed.
Hit by a Fatigued Trucker? Call a Truck Accident Attorney in Idaho
Truckers spend so many hours on the road that fatigued driving is a significant issue in the industry. Drowsy or fatigued driving and results in numerous deadly and injurious crashes in Idaho every year. Have you or someone you love been in a truck accident? Was the driver fatigued? Were you injured or was a loved one killed? A yes to any of those questions means you should contact a commercial trucking accident lawyer in Boise, Idaho as soon as possible.
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