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Truckers weigh in on ELD mandate

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The drivers protesting also feel that they are being left behind by government in favor of big businesses. The drivers protesting also feel that they are being left behind by government in favor of big businesses.
Currently a bill to delay the deadline for two more years is in the House of Representatives, headed by Texas Representative Brian Babin. Currently a bill to delay the deadline for two more years is in the House of Representatives, headed by Texas Representative Brian Babin.

Back in December of 2015, the final rule of the electronic logging device, or ELD mandate was passed, but not everyone in the industry is supporting that mandate.  With the deadline of December 18th quickly approaching, some small groups are protesting adding that new technology to their work.

One such group is in Lima, who say that replacing the old paper logbooks with the new technology isn't a good idea for multiple reasons:

"That’s going to make the roads more dangerous, which puts the American motoring public's lives in danger, it’s going to cost the American public money  they’re already saying that the cost of living for every American household is going to go up 10 percent by next August, and they anticipate it to go even higher after that," said Scott Reed, President of the American Trucking Federation.  The problem here is the mandate, and it is a problem because it violates our fourth and fifth amendment rights."

The drivers protesting also feel that they are being left behind by government in favor of big businesses. 

On the other hand, Apollo Career Center's Truck Driving Academy has two of the devices for learning purposes - and manager Jim Rosen says that implementing the technology is a good thing.

"We want to be able to at least introduce them to a type of electronic log; there’s a lot of different types out there on the market and the companies will work on the job training with the specific ones that they have, but we wanted to show them while they’re here in school at least what one would look like," said Rosen.  "I think it’s a great change because with electronic log, you can keep track of what you’re doing and when it’s time for you to take a break, it tells you, so I think that’s a good thing."

Currently a bill to delay the deadline for two more years is in the House of Representatives, headed by Texas Representative Brian Babin.

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