Truck drivers rally against new regulation effective in two weeks

Early morning traffic backs up on Interstate 5 during a Jan. 11 snowstorm in Portland Ore. Truck drivers say such conditions combined with limitations on their working hours cost them a lot of money because of their mileage-based pay

Early morning traffic backs up on Interstate 5 during a Jan. 11 snowstorm in Portland Ore. Truck drivers say such conditions combined with limitations on their working hours cost them a lot of money because of their mileage-based pay

Some sources in the industry suggest that while the ELD mandate is the primary focus of rallies gathering today, some drivers across the lower 48 may be protesting regulations in trucking as a whole and speaking to the federal government.

Truck driver Eugene Roehm, of Willshire, said the mandate is unfair because it does not apply to everyone.

On December 18, all truck drivers will have to install ELD's on their rigs and drive no more than 14 hours a day.

But beyond those concerns and anticipated increased time away from their homes and families that it will cost them, the truckers' underlying gripe is the restrictions on their hours of service in which they can work which were put in place in 2003 and slightly modified in 2013.

There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, the mandate going into effect this month requires truckers to use electronic devices to automatically record the time spent behind the wheel instead of using paper logs. "By the time you get loaded and try to go somewhere, you're about down to only six hours for the rest of the day to drive".

A black box, that'll log their miles, hours, personal information, including where they are at all times.

During those waits, they watch TV and sleep, resting up to hit the road again. "We can't stop to take a nap because it will push up against our 14 hour rule". "Safety and professionalism and doing a good job for our customers sometimes takes a back seat because the 14-hour clock is always running".

"If we're only allowed to work 40 hours a week and we spend 20 hours waiting for a load, then we'll only get paid for the 20 hours", said Singh.

Scott Reed, the president of the American Trucking Federation, said he just wants to get U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on board for the H.R. 3282 ELD Extension Act, a bill that will delay the ELD mandate for two years. "They don't know whats going on out here. How is that safe?" Darrell bought it to try and evade the ELD mandate, but his truck doesn't qualify for an exemption. So if a driver gets exhausted and feels the need to take a short break during the 14 hours, it wouldn't go unnoticed.

"We don't need them. To me, that's not safer".

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