Court denies OOIDA's legal challenge to overturn ELD mandate

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | 10/31/2016

The same court that rejected the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s first try at mandating electronic logs has ruled that the agency has satisfied the objections made by OOIDA. In a ruling filed Monday, Oct. 31, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denied OOIDA’s legal challenge.

OOIDA’s President and CEO Jim Johnston said the Association is disappointed and strongly disagrees with the court’s ruling. “Because this issue is of vital importance to our members and all small-business truckers,” said Johnston, “we are reviewing our next steps to continue our challenge against this regulation.”

After the FMCSA published the final rule in December 2015 mandating the use of electronic logs in the trucking industry, OOIDA filed a petition seeking to overturn and vacate the final rule. OOIDA argued that (a) ELDs will not record enough information automatically; (b) the rule fails to protect drivers sufficiently from harassment; (c) the rule’s benefits will not outweigh its costs; (d) the rule fails to protect the confidentiality of personal data collected by ELDs; and (e) the rule violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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