The ELD Rule Is Hurting The Trucking Industry And Our Nation
Townhall ^ | May 15, 2018 | Erich Reimer
Posted on 5/15/2018, 10:15:31 AM by jonascord
Outside of nation’s cosmopolitan centers are thousands of miles of American farmland, road, nature, and small communities, ranging from even the outskirts of the Washington, D.C. area to the Heartland itself.
Every day, thousands of trucks, trains, ships, and planes traverse our nation transporting food, industrial materials consumer goods, and more, to our stores and then our homes.
However recently there has been an Obama-era transportation rule that seems to be causing a lot of disruption, and even injuries and deaths, in this process.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2015 implemented a rule which requires most truck drivers in the United States to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), which require truck drivers to adhere to specific 14-hour cycle requirements in the loading, driving, and unloading process.
The origin behind the rule was in the desire to prevent truck drivers from being made to drive long hours, thereby reducing fatigue and thus potentially accidents or worker abuse. However it was the implementation of that sentiment, in the form of an amendment to the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” that faced little discussion that was misplaced.
As a result, the ELD’s rigid cycle requirement results in truck drivers having to stick to arbitrary scheduling that often does not mesh with the realities of their actual driving. If they are stuck in traffic, the clock keeps running. Often in order to meet their deadlines truck drivers will then rush to their destination, potentially creating accidents. This cumulative time tracking, rather than consecutive or mileage based, thereby distorts trucker activity.
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