The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) thanks U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-Texas-36) for introducing legislation that would delay an electronic logging (ELD) mandate for two years.
OOIDA says, among other problems, there are too many unanswered questions about the technical specifications and enforcement guidelines of the mandate, warranting a delay of implementation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
“The agency has failed to answer important questions from Congress and industry stakeholders about this mandate,” said Spencer. “This includes issues related to enforcement, connectivity, data transfers, cybersecurity vulnerabilities and many other legitimate real-world concerns,” said Spencer.
“The agency refuses to certify any ELD as compliant with the rule, thus leaving consumers with no idea if a device they purchase is indeed compliant.”
Babin’s bill, H.R.3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017, would extend the current implementation date from December 2017 to December 2019.
“We thank Representative Babin for realizing the serious problems associated with implementation that can only be avoided by putting off the mandate,” said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President.
Spencer said that the association encourages OOIDA members to get involved in its “Knock Out Bad Regs” campaign and will continue to communicate with Congress and the administration about this and other regulations. Concerned truckers can contact their lawmakers about ELDs by clicking here.