GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is suing the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over its new regulation mandating the use of electronic logging devices.
“This rule has the potential to have the single largest, most negative impact on the industry than anything else done by FMCSA,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA president and CEO. “We intend to fight it with everything we have available.”
The final rule, announced last week, mandates the use of ELDs for all interstate commerce in trucks of a model year 2000 or newer.
OOIDA complains that such devices can only track movement of a vehicle and approximate location, however it has not yet outlined the arguments that will be used to challenge the rule.
“This regulation is absolutely the most outrageous intrusion into the rights of professional truckers imaginable and will do nothing at all to improve highway safety. In fact, we firmly believe it will do exactly the opposite by placing even more pressure and stress on drivers than they already deal with,” Johnston said.