ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Association (ATA) lauded the release of a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) Dec. 10, calling it a step forward for the industry.
“Today is truly a historic day for trucking,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “This regulation will change the trucking industry – for the better – forever. An already safe and efficient industry will get more so with the aid of this proven technology.”
The ATA said a move to electronic logging devices as a means of monitoring driver hours of service has been a top priority for the association since 2010.
“Today’s important announcement could not have happened without Congressional support, so we thank Congress and congratulate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for moving forward on this requirement,” said Dave Osiecki, ATA executive vice-president and chief of national advocacy. “ATA looks forward to working closely with FMCSA, state law enforcement agencies, as well as our members and industry partners during the two-year transition to full implementation of this safety technology.”
ATA chairman and senior vice-president of state government affairs Pat Thomas said the move was all about safety.
“Today’s announcement of an ELD mandate will make our industry even safer than it is today,” he said, “so we are grateful to FMCSA for advancing this important regulation.”