ELD advocates file Amicus Brief supporting rule

Groups hold that devices ensure compliance with hours-of-service requirements

Posted June 27, 2016

The Trucking Alliance for Driver Safety and Security and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, supporting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) rule. The advocacy groups filed the Amicus Brief in response to the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) legal challenge to the ELD rule.

OOIDA’s challenge states that the rulemaking:

  • Doesn’t not improve hours-of-service (HOS) compliance,
  • Fails to ensure that ELDs are not used to harass drivers, and
  • Violates drivers’ fourth amendment rights to be free from unreasonable seizures and searches.

On the other hand, the advocacy groups hold that paper log books lead to non-compliance with HOS and highway safety requirements. The groups say ELDs will:

  • Provide an objective record of driver on-duty time which will increase compliance with HOS rules,
  • Reduce driver fatigue, and
  • Help law enforcement to ensure compliance.

FMCSA published the final rule on December 16, 2015, mandating most commercial trucks and buses in interstate commerce install ELDs to track on-duty time by December 2017.


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