ELD public meeting maxed out; OOIDA calls for more space, meetings

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 4/27/2017

The public meeting on the electronic logging mandate to be held May 9 was met with such overwhelming response that it has a waiting list of potential attendees.

That has prompted the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to call on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to find more space for the May 9 meeting and to hold additional meetings on the mandate.

On April 26, OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer sent a letter to Daphne Jefferson, FMCSA deputy administrator outlining OOIDA’s concerns.

“Many members of OOIDA – the drivers who are required to comply with the ELD mandate in a matter of months – had hoped to attend the public meeting to share their concerns with FMCSA officials. They thought their insight would help your agency better understand the myriad issues that must be resolved to ensure a seamless implementation,” Spencer wrote.

“Unfortunately, in the time it took many of these truckers to adjust their schedules to accommodate travel to Washington, D.C., attendance capacity for the public meeting had already been reached.”

Spencer said that professional drivers, along with law enforcement and device manufactures have concerns about the implementation of the ELD mandate, currently scheduled for Dec. 18. And, while the agency will also live stream the event, Spencer said that technology and connectivity on the road presents a significant hurdle.

“In light of these circumstances, it is imperative your agency not only find a way to accommodate representatives from the small business trucking community at the May 9 event, but schedule additional public meetings on this issue,” Spencer wrote.

“Clearly, several significant technological and security concerns associated with ELDs remain unresolved, including the certification of devices, connectivity problems in remote areas of the country, cybersecurity vulnerabilities and the ability of law enforcement to access information. Absent small business trucker participation in all public meetings related to ELD implementation, FMCSA will fail to fully comprehend the problems that must be resolved to avoid a flawed rollout that would have a disastrous impact on the American trucking industry.”

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