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Trucking Industry Divided Over New ELD Requirement

If you or a family member works in the trucking industry, then you're probably aware of the new federal rule requiring electronic logging devices for all interstate commercial trucks. The mandate requires ELDs to be installed by the end of 2017.

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has predicted that the rule will save lives by preventing truck driver fatigue and doing away with potentially inaccurate paper logbooks, the new regulation is not without controversy.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is seeking to have the rule vacated.

Shortly after FMCSA announced the new mandate, OOIDA filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the same court that vacated an ELD rule in 2011.

In that case, OOIDA argued that carriers could potentially use ELDs to harass drivers and otherwise infringe on their privacy rights.

To address that issue, the new mandate includes a coercion prohibition and other measures aimed at preventing truck driver harassment.

OOIDA is not backing down, however. The association's president has claimed that, instead of improving highway safety, the ELD rule will have the opposite effect by increasing the stress and pressure already on truck drivers.

Despite an initial loss in productivity, large trucking companies are in favor of moving away from paper logbooks.

The ELD mandate has divided the trucking industry, with larger companies tending to be in support of the requirement. While the initial costs of buying and installing ELDs are expected to cause a slip in productivity, larger carriers say they are prepared to absorb that loss and believe that ELDs will improve productivity in the long term.

In fact, many big trucking companies have already implemented ELDs.

The Trucking Alliance, which includes several large carriers, has said that, in addition to improving highway safety, the ELD requirement will eliminate the time-consuming task of filling out paper logbooks and actually improve truck drivers' jobs and lifestyles.

The impact on owner-operators remains to be seen, however.

In the highly regulated world of freight transportation, experienced and sympathetic legal representation is crucial.

The trucking and transportation attorneys of Schexnaydre Law Firm, located in Mandeville, Louisiana, are familiar with the day-to-day challenges faced by our clients in the freight industry. Whether the issue is a personal injury claim, a property damage claim or a trucking contract dispute, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to investigate, negotiate and litigate to protect our clients' rights and interests.

Please see our overview of trucking and transportation liability to learn more.

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