Drivers protest electronic logging device mandate

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

The government says the new mandate is about safety.

"No matter how safe their driving record and everything are, for millions of safe miles for some of these 30 plus year veterans, have to put this in their truck to track them", said rally leader and truck owner and operator Mandi Jo Pinheiro.

Darrell said he thinks the pressure that ELDs will exert on a driver's on-duty hours will create an unsafe driving environment.

Truckers say that will force them to drive faster to make deliveries, resulting in more accidents.

The grassroots group "ELD or Me" originally formed on Facebook sees over 19,000 members and sees responsibility for helping organize protests on both the local level and the national level over the course of the day.

With legal challenges having failed and a proposal to delay the mandate stalled in Congress, the rallies were an attempt to bring attention to what the truckers say are security, economic and safety issues associated with the mandate.

In two weeks the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate goes into effect by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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"They don't have any kind of proven track record as to how they come about their information and the facts they are presenting why we need them", said trucker Doug Kratz.

One of these devices costs anywhere from $200 to $900 to buy and then carries a monthly service charge, much like a cell phone, that can cost $35 to $80, Kane said.

"The 14-hour clock keeps going".

Federal law puts them on a 14-hour clock - with 11 of them permitted to be spent driving - followed by 10 hours of rest. "The smaller companies are the ones who get hurt by it because they may run out of hours to get a load to their destination".

"This is a violation of our privacy", said Harry Singh, President of the United Independent Truckers of America.

The ELDs allow companies to closely monitor a truck's whereabouts and operation. "My plan is to wait and see if they postpone the ELDs and if they don't, that's going to be my plan, to find another truck", he said.

Stephen Wyatt, of Hamilton, hopes to get the mandate repealed because he said it is a burden to purchase a device that he does not need.

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