E-Communicator Article

Truckers Take Government
To Court Over Electronic Logbook Mandate Owner-Operator Independ

(Grain Valley, Mo., Dec. 15, 2015) – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit over a new regulation announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requiring electronic logbooks, known as ELDs.
“This rule has the potential to have the single largest, most negative impact on the industry than anything else done by FMCSA,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA President and CEO. “We intend to fight it with everything we have available.”
FMCSA announced the final rule last week that man-dates the use of electronic logbooks for all interstate com-merce in trucks that are model year 2000 and newer. Com-mercial truck drivers are restricted to a limited number of working and driving hours under current regulations. The FMCSA is mandating that truck drivers use ELDs to track their record of duty status and compliance with HOS regula-tions even though such devices can only track movement of a vehicle and approximate location.
OOIDA has previously challenged a similar mandate in the courts. In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit vacated a proposed electronic logbook rule based on the argument of harassment of drivers.

The Petition for Review that OOIDA has filed this time does not outline the arguments that will be used to challenge the final rule. Arguments will be provided in subsequent fil-ings and during oral arguments in front of the court.
“This regulation is absolutely the most outrageous intru-sion into the rights of professional truckers imaginable and will do nothing at all to improve highway safety. In fact, we firmly believe it will do exactly the opposite by placing even more pressure and stress on drivers than they already deal with,” Johnston said.

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