Driver rallies relay ELD concerns to media, public

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

"They are trying to give us an electronic logging device like an ankle bracelet to record what we are doing all the time", said Josh Walters, of Hicksville.

"One of the biggest complaints I have with it is that it's monitoring every minute of every hour", said Lee Schmitt.

"The government needs time to certify the ELD units", Conaway said.

Harris believes the ELD rule will negatively affect drivers' decisions about when to take needed rest.

Valenti was joined by other truckers at the ELD Media Blitz Monday at a Pilot near Syracuse, N.Y. Along with organizer Doug Hasner, an owner-operator from north of Watertown, N.Y., he met with local TV reporters.

But independent drivers said the trucking association does not speak for them.

"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".

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"Essentially what it does is it says you have 14 hours to work for your entire day".

These will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry and guidance on the "personal conveyance" provision. "I've been driving for going on for 28 years and I've run paper all these years...just like anything else, if it isn't broke don't fix it".

Reduced driver hours are a possible result of the HOS and ELD, the experts say, although the rules aren't changing as a result of the ELD, only the way hours are recorded.

Scott Reed, the president of the American Trucking Federation, said he just wants to get U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on board for the H.R. 3282 ELD Extension Act, a bill that will delay the ELD mandate for two years.

Jeremy Osborne of Henry County, who along with his wife operate a one vehicle trucking company, said he is concerned the ELD is susceptible hackers. "It causes drivers to be more unsafe because they're losing their driving time on these ELDs, and it's causing them to cut other drivers off, speed through school zones". "A lot of the public doesn't understand how heavy we are, how hard it is for us to stop. How is that safe?"

"Instead of letting a driver safely do what they need to do to get the job done, they can call them because they see they are not moving", said Mike Landis of Lititz.

For more information on ELDs visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hoursservice/ elds/electronic-logging-devices.

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