OOIDA lauds bill aiming to exempt small fleets from ELDs

by Truck News

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – Another bill calling for exemptions to the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in the United States has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is lauding the two congressman who are seeking exceptions for small businesses to the regulations introduced last December south of the border.

If passed, The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 would allow carriers with less than 10 trucks to use paper logs instead of ELDs to track their Hours of Service.

“While the mandate is already in effect, it’s never too late to do the right thing,” said Collin Long, OOIDA director of government affairs.

The bill is currently sitting in committee with no date set for a vote, however if it is eventually passed it would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement the exemption within 90 days after becoming law.

“We realize it has a long way to go, but we’re encouraged that so many in Congress are still concerned about the negative impact the ELD mandate continues to have on our nation’s small-business truckers,” said Long.

Another bill was introduced in July 2017 attempting to extend the implementation of the ELD mandate for two years, until 2020. It too was referred to committee and has not shown any movement since.

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  • Must be limited to to fleets of less than 10 trucks who pay truck drivers with 2 or more years experience at a least twice the federal minimum wage. They also must pay overtime after 10 hours per day

  • As has been stated over and over. The problem is the lack of flexibility in the Hours of Service rules. Once that 14 hours clock starts your end of the day is determined right then. No matter what happens. It is not unusual to spend six or eight hours waiting to load or unload. When that happens your day is wasted.