House Passes Measure That May Delay ELD Implementation

By Go By Truck News, July 20, 2017
The Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development 2018 Appropriations Act approved by the House Appropriations Committee Monday night includes a measure requiring additional study on the pending electronic logging device mandate.
The ELD mandate is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 18 and is a means of monitoring drivers’ hours of service.
The House Appropriations Committee questioned “whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate,” saying that the ELD mandate is “one of the most expensive of all transportation rulemakings,” and could harm smaller carriers.
The committee also directs the DOT to determine “what options DOT has within its statutory authority to provide temporary regulatory relief until all ELD implementation challenges can be resolved. FMCSA shall provide a report on its findings to the House and Senate committees.”
According to Fleet Owner, the measure was praised by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
“Clearly, members of Congress have heard concerns about the mandate from their constituents. The agency has failed to answer important questions from Congress and industry stakeholders about this mandate,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s executive vice president.
Expressing the opposite opinion, American Trucking Associations was disappointed. Bill Sullivan, executive vice president of advocacy for American Trucking Associations, said the group was “disappointed” with this “misguided provision.”
Source: U.S. House of Representatives, Fleet Owner

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