OOIDA's Jim Johnston: 'I wouldn't buy an ELD right now'

By Terry Scruton, "Land Line Now" senior correspondent | Friday, April 01, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s mandate on electronic logging devices won’t improve safety and is a violation of driver’s rights. That’s according to a legal brief filed by OOIDA this week asking for the rule to be thrown out. The final rule – unveiled back in December – mandates that all trucks must start using electronic logging devices by December 2017.

In its filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, OOIDA challenged the mandate on the grounds that the FMCSA failed to provide any proof that requiring ELDs would improve safety. Click here to read the entire brief.

OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston said Thursday that the FMCSA has failed with this mandate on a number of levels, including not addressing the issues of driver harassment and of driver privacy.

Johnston says the rule is flawed from start to finish and OOIDA is asking the court to get rid of it altogether.

The FMCSA has 30 days to respond to OOIDA’s filing, and Johnston says there could be more legal filings after that before the court even hears the case. In spite of that, he feels confident in OOIDA’s chances of getting the mandate thrown out.

“I would not go out and buy an ELD right now,” Johnston added.

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