Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017 on Tuesday, talked to Land Line Now about what compelled him to sponsor the legislation.
“We’re looking at an ELD mandate that is estimated to cost stakeholders, people you know who are in the business, more than $2 billion to comply with this thing,” Babin told Land Line Now Host Mark Reddig. “This makes this one of the most expensive federal transportation rules in the last 10 years.
“It’s a massive unfunded mandate that provides really zero safety, economic, or productivity benefits. I think the bottom line is that it’s going to be very, very difficult for many of our truckers to implement this by the date that it’s required at the present.”
Babin, a second-term representative from Texas who was a dentist before taking office, shared that he has a close connection to truck drivers and wants to look out for them with this legislation.
“I used to be a truck driver at one time. I have done a lot of things in my life. I wound up a dentist. But at one time I started out driving a truck in the military and also drove a lumber truck down in Texas,” Babin told Reddig.
“I have a big place in my heart for truck drivers.”
Truckers who communicated with Babin since the rule was enacted and as the compliance deadline approaches played a role in his decision to introduce the bill. He also encouraged truckers to call their own lawmakers and rally support for HR 3282.
“What they need to do is they need to call and tell their congressmen that they are tax-paying citizens. They’re raising their families. They’re making their communities better places to live, and they have an honest good job,” Babin told Reddig. “They’re moving our goods and our services across this country, and they want good highways and they want less government interference. They want the government to please get out of the way and let them do what they’re trained to do.
“Each one out there, call and ask their congressmen to co-sponsor this bill HR3282 and call the switchboard at the Capitol, which is 202-224-3121. Or they can go look them up on House.gov and they can send their message that way.”
Reddig’s interview with Babin airs Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. CDT on Sirius XM 146.
You can also listen to the full interview here:
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