Trucking company owners, drivers protest mandated Electronic Logging Devices

Truckers across the country come together to protest ELDs

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

The mandate will be in effect by December 18, and protesters said it will be detrimental to the drivers and the economy.

But operators of independently owned big rigs or small trucking fleets maintain it will do just the opposite, lead to higher prices for consumer goods, and ultimately, drive them out of business.

"They're a racing clock", Muxlow said. The logs record the time truckers spend behind the wheel.

For years, truck drivers have relied on paper logs to record their hours. "It's not safe, it's unsafe, and it will make truck drivers drive when they are exhausted".

The grassroots group "ELD or Me" originally formed on Facebook sees over 19,000 members and sees responsibility for helping organize protests on both the local level and the national level over the course of the day.

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Being able to track trucks may work ideally for large commercial trucking companies, but local independent businesses say they'll struggle.

That mandate, they claim could take away their freedom to get their jobs done, is coming down from the federal government, requiring them to install what's known as ELD's, or electronic logging devices.

A Texas congressman has introduced a resolution that would delay the ELD mandate for two years. "We don't need to track our trucks, we know where our trucks are at all times", Pinheiro said. "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".

"Literally, all of our trucks are equipped with these, and it gives them everything from communication and all of their hours of service, everything", said Phil Wilt, president of American Central Transport. That clock runs whether they are driving, sitting in traffic jams, or waiting around for freight to be loaded or unloaded often on uncompensated time.

Truckers from around the country are working with lawmakers to change the mandate. Absolutely. But training is the number one place we need to start, not punishing the guys with good service records. "My plan is to wait and see if they postpone the ELDs and if they don't, that's going to be my plan, to find another truck", he said.

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