Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 2: Seriously, ELD Mandate Is Happening
Failed attempts in court and on Capitol Hill to delay the upcoming electronic logging device mandate have done little to discourage critics of the rule who continue to push for a delay.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is among the nearly three dozen groups to recently urge policymakers to approve a two-year extension of the Dec. 18 mandate via legislation sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas).
OOIDA’s allies in this latest effort include the American Pipeline Contractors Association, Lucas Oil Products and the National Corn Growers Associations. Worth noting, however, is that the U.S. House already voted overwhelmingly to reject Babin’s measure. And, yet, the calls for a delay persist. Take for instance OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer, who last week hosted a press conference at the National Press Club. “The electronic logging device mandate is written so broadly that it has far-reaching implications well beyond the traditional trucking industry,” Spencer said.
Spencer’s assertion is contradicted by federal regulators, myriad stakeholders and the industry as represented by American Trucking Associations. The leadership at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it expects hours-of-service compliance to improve after the mandate. Telematics experts advise drivers to prepare now to comply with the ELD rule. And ATA President Chris Spear recently told Transport Topics: “Any attempt by groups that still hold out some hope that this is going to be revoked so that they can continue skirting the federal hours-of-service limitations — ’cause that’s really all this is about, and maintain 19th-century paper log technology — they’re in for a rude awakening.”
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