Drivers protest electronic logging device mandate

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

The ELD requirement goes into effect later this month.

Congress passed a law requiring truckers install electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to replace the paper logs truckers have used for decades. Drivers can only work a certain number of hours a day, and the Wrights say the previous method of logging data was flexible with the inevitable traffic delays.

National Pork Producers Council President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Illinois, said in a statement, "The ELDs regulation poses some serious challenges for livestock haulers and the animals in their care".

Regulations require truckers to take a 10 hour break, uninterrupted after a maximum of 14 hours on-duty.

"We're confident that upon further examination, the administration will find that livestock haulers need additional flexibility in the mandate, specifically in the restrictive Hours-of-Service rules. That means they're doing that speeding in work zones, school zones, and in town, where it couldn't be more risky", said Pat Valenti, truck driver.

Information some truckers say, they don't want to share. "Then they know exactly where you are".

"By the time you get loaded and try to go somewhere, you're about down to only six hours for the rest of the day to drive". "We want to thank Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for listening to our concerns and we'll continue to work with her and FMCSA to make sure that our cattle are delivered safely, and that our drivers and others on the road are safe as well".

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Supporters of the ELD mandate say it will make the roads safer, but one driver we spoke with disagrees.

"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".

"I always said I would never quit, but this could retire me", Reynolds said. "Basically we are being told that we are criminals before we've even gone in front of a judge", added Lowther.

Jon Hoppe is an independent truck driver who delivers groceries.

"They're not out there for me", said Steichen.

Opponents disagree and said this mandate has nothing to with safety but simply the government trying to kill small companies. "But we need to appeal to President Trump to do an executive order to put a stop to this".

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