Local truckers raise concerns about electronic logs mandate


The regulation is created to ensure that truckers do not go over federally mandated driving limits.

Truckers across the country are protesting a new mandate that would require them to install an electronic logging device (ELD) in their trucks.

The devices would log truckers' daily driving hours.

These devices will force truckers to take a 10 hour break before driving again. "Drivers transporting livestock have a moral obligation to care for the animals they're hauling". "On paper logs, it costs eight dollars per truck per month to operate a truck on logs right now".

Hill's chief concern is that there is no government or third-party verification in place for the ELD device self-certification process.

"If we're only allowed to work 40 hours a week and we spend 20 hours waiting for a load, then we'll only get paid for the 20 hours", said Singh.

But truckers say these devices don't take into consideration a multitude of factors like traffic, road conditions, and most importantly, the mental and physical state drivers are in.

Small business owner-operators make up the bulk of the American long and short distance freight trucking industry, transporting goods ranging from food to steel. So while most truck drivers are working around the schedules of everyone else, Spencer says "the regulations sort of fly in the face of that. It's bad for the economy overall", trucking advocate Matthew Kane said.

"I always said I would never quit, but this could retire me", Reynolds said.

"There are cost estimates that it will cost an additional $42 billion [to truck goods to market] in 2017 and going up from there to consumers". Truck drivers are all in it together - it's a team effort.

Investigators say the bus driver, who was killed in the crash, may not have seen the stopped truck in front of him because he too may have dozed off.

Under the Obama administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulators were drafting a rule to mandate that drivers be screened and treated for sleep apnea, but in August the Trump administration abruptly reversed course.

"These guys have 1 to 2 million miles under their belts, and they have clean safety records", he said. "It's been going up steadily and we need to do something now".



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