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New Trucking Rule has Some Drivers Concerned about Safety

October 18, 2017 05:50 PM

(ABC 6 News)--Truckers stopped for an hour Wednesday taking part in a peaceful protest against electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

“You can’t sit there and push drivers to sit there and drive when they're tired,” said the truck driver, Shawn Cielke who is opposed to the ELD mandate.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the ELD rule is meant to help create a safer work environment for drivers and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status.

“I’ve been electronic logging for the last eight years. I don’t have any problems with it, most days, there are times where you get places where yeah it can hurt you,” said truck driver Cliff Corson.

One big concern is the 14-hour rule. Under the rule, truckers are allowed to work 14 hours a day. 11 of those can be spent driving, the other three are for things like loading, unloading and taking a break.

After that, they are required to take a 10-hour break.

“I don’t like the idea of it coming. I know two companies right now already that are short 30 drivers because they can’t get any drivers because they're not going to go to the electronic logbook. I'm going to retire, that's it. I'll find something else to do,” said the truck driver, Howard Boettcher.

Critics say the mandate would trickle down to consumers as well.

“So let’s raise the price of groceries because we have to because we can't get enough drivers to drive and compensate for it,” said Boettcher.

“We want the ELD mandate thrown out, for the time being, until we get these hours of service figured out to where they work for everybody,” said Cielke.

Congress mandates all carriers and owner-operators to be compliant with the ELD rule in just two months on December 18th.

 


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