Truckers rally against electronic logging at Capitol

New electronic logging fevice for truck drivers

Truck drivers are upset over a new mandate that requires their every move be tracked.

Adopted in 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave truckers and bus drivers a two-year runway to install the technology into their rigs - which most mega-carriers already have - that is meant to strengthen their compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.

"Wake up every day in a new state, it's a lovely job, but the mandates are not helping us", said David McKinney, a third-generation truck driver.

Local truckers raise concerns about electronic logs mandate. They anticipate they are a stepping stone toward a mandate for security cameras facing inside their rig.

Norris also asserts that ELDs are a tool that could allow mega-carriers to force small business truckers out of trucking entirely.

"There is a recurring monthly cost from $20 - $50 per truck. It's going to cost a lot more money that what it's going to save", said Michael Bembenek.

Conaway and Osborne both say they favor legislation sponsored by Congressman Brain Babin, R-TX, which would delay implementation of the ELD mandate for two years.

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An ELD tracks the routes trucks take, how fast they go, plus when and for how long a truck stops.

The regulation is created to ensure that truckers do not go over federally mandated driving limits.

Congress passed a law requiring truckers install electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to replace the paper logs truckers have used for decades. Up until now, drivers have been able to keep a paper log of their activities.

- Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) December 4, 2017Tony Justice, a trucker and country musician who is one of the founders of the ELD or Me group, joined in the chorus, praising truckers for their show of unity against the mandate. They also have been proven susceptible to hacking by the University of MI researchers, which is concerning to them since the device is hooked into the truck's engines, braking system and instrument panel. "They're racing to get where they've got to go before their time runs out". A minimum half-hour break is also required after driving eight hours.

Trucking, a big jobs engine for the Inland Empire, remains a top career option for people without four-year college degrees, according to CareerBuilder.

A black box, that'll log their miles, hours, personal information, including where they are at all times.

Darrell and Audrey Wright came out to protest the ELD mandate, which they say will cause unsafe driving and cost them revenue, in Hollywood, Ala. "How is that safe?" If you are against the ELD then you are most probably operating illegal. So if a driver gets exhausted and feels the need to take a short break during the 14 hours, it wouldn't go unnoticed. Absolutely. But training is the number one place we need to start, not punishing the guys with good service records. "It's really about making the roads safer, and I think it's really about accountability, making sure everyone out there is running off of the hours that are available, the hours of service have not changed".

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