Small business ELD exemption ‘not likely’, analysts say
BLOOMINGTON, IN – The rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) continues in the U.S. And while some trucking operations have secured temporary waivers, analysts at FTR Intel believe a bid to exempt small carriers outright is unlikely to succeed. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked regulators to exempt small businesses making less than US $27.5 million in revenue, that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and have a safe record with no attributable at-fault crashes. It would last five years. An exemption like that – already rejected during the regulatory review process – would essentially gut the mandate for ELDs, and has been opposed by the American Trucking Associations and safety advocacy groups. Eighty-one percent of over-the-road trucking companies, and 93% of one-truck operators among them, have had no DOT-recordable crashes in the past two years, FTR notes.
OOIDA wants ELD exemption for small businesses
GRAIN VALLEY, MO - With less than a month before the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate comes into effect in the United States the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has submitted an exemption request for small business carriers. OOIDA has requested at least a five-year exemption for motor carriers classified as small businesses according to the Small Business Administration in the Untied States, and with no attributable at-fault crashes or a Carrier Safety Rating of Unsatisfactory. Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the OOIDA says small-business truckers who have proven their ability to operate safely shouldn't be subjected to the regulation, citing cost as a barrier to obtaining the devices. Spencer also cited self-certification by vendors of the devices as one of the biggest issues brought up by the group, calling the devices unproven and uncertified. "Most small-business motor carriers can ill afford to make these purchases only to learn later that the ELD is non-compliant. Yet they are required to do so or risk violation," said Spencer.
Teamsters, OOIDA look to autonomous truck rules
GRAIN VALLEY, MO -- As U.S. legislation to govern autonomous passenger vehicles pushes forward, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and Teamsters Union are both weighing in with thoughts about the path toward rules for autonomous trucks.
OOIDA files petition opposing ELD mandate
GRAIN VALLEY, MO - The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) threw another punch in their battle against the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, yesterday. The group filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) saying that 26 states have not yet incorporated the new regulation into state laws, and are not authorized to enforce the rule until they do so.