By now you may have heard that OOIDA has filed a lawsuit against the FMCSA in response to the final rule requiring that drivers use electronic logging devices. The FMCSA rule aims to make ELDs mandatory beginning in December 2017. OOIDA has fundamental concerns about the rule, especially regarding hours of service, safety, and driver harassment. While ELDs can measure an individual’s driving time, those devices cannot determine compliance with the HOS rules any better than paper logbooks. We also have not seen any conclusive research that ELDs improve safety, in fact, just the opposite. Furthermore, ELDs quite clearly intrude on a driver’s privacy. This rule will be one of the most expensive and ill-conceived measures to impact the industry and we intend to continue to fight it with everything we have.
OOIDA has filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. We anticipate the schedule for filings and arguments will be released in the next couple of weeks.