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Truckers protest in Lima over electronic logging requirement

06 December 2017, 12:59 | Darnell Patrick

New York truckers protest electronic logging devices

Truckers want to hit the brakes on mandate they say will make roads less safe, drive up prices

Their 2000 Freightliner Classic is one of three trucks they own.

Cindy Marshall of Towanda, drives a big rig along with her husband. James Beltran has been driving a truck for over 40-years and says he is against the idea.

"You've got a certain percentage of the industry is just gonna, they're gonna quit".

Pat Valenti, an owner-operator from Buffalo, N.Y., said he will be staying home when the ELD mandate takes effect unless things change by the December 18 compliance date.

Sources from the ELD or Me group have stated that the technology associated with the ELD Compliance is one of several reasons as to why the mandate should be postponed, stating that drivers across the country all face different challenges in their careers, yet the ELD Mandate may be a common challenge. Since truck drivers are paid by the mile and not the minute - most claim the electronic readers will negatively impact their bottom line "When I get to a place the clock is ticking. that means I can't do another load".

"FMCSA has listened to important feedback from many stakeholder groups, including agriculture, and will continue to take steps to ease the transition to the full implementation of the ELD rule", said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux.

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"They say it's about safety, but it's not about safety, because you're racing against the clock", said Ray French Jr, whose been driving trucks for over four decades.

Valenti agrees. "I am a Trump supporter, but I kind of feel he has turned his back on the people who helped him get into the office". Encourage your Senator and Representative to support the appropriations bill with the ELD exemption.

Supporters say electronic monitoring will cut down on unsafe driving during long hauls. They said they can be hacked and manipulated, and there is uncertainty as to which of the ELD brands will ultimately be certified for use. "It causes drivers to be more risky because they're losing their driving time on these ELDs, and it's causing them to cut other drivers off, speed through school zones".

Owner-operator and third-generation trucker Matt Shourd, from Georgetown, Tenn., drove down to the Alabama event with his custom-painted 2002 Peterbilt 379, named "Unfinished Business".

"With these new log books, it's not as much time", he said.

"I don't like them". From delayed adoption by smaller fleets that fear costs to estimates that driver shortages could lead to rate hikes of 20% or more, skepticism about easy adoption has been continual. "The ECMs in my truck are made for diagnostics, they're not made to send and receive things to another computer".

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