Kansas Truckers Protest Electronic Logging Devices

Truckers want to hit the brakes on mandate they say will make roads less safe, drive up prices

In this beautifully shot video, an experienced driver shares her opinion on how ELDs will change the face of trucking as we know it.

Wilt said his company has been using Electronic Logging Devices for the last six years and admits it took some adjustment time for his drivers to transition from the paper logs to the electronic logs.

- Jessica Michels (@JessicaMichels7) December 4, 2017I went to the #Illinois #ELDorME protest this morning.

Stephen Wyatt, of Hamilton, hopes to get the mandate repealed because he said it is a burden to purchase a device that he does not need.

Valenti was joined by other truckers at the ELD Media Blitz Monday at a Pilot near Syracuse, N.Y. Along with organizer Doug Hasner, an owner-operator from north of Watertown, N.Y., he met with local TV reporters.

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.

But Dowdy said drivers like him don't need a device to keep them safe.

In Hill's letter, the Attorney General spoke to the FMCSA on behalf of the mandate requiring drivers to invest in ELD-compliant products despite not having a precedent to go off of in terms of what technology will work best. "If anything, it's going to be just the opposite [because] I'm going to feel the pressure of that clock". "These people who are sitting in the office mandating this, they're not in the trucks", Audrey Wright said.

The American Trucking Association is a strong defender of the ELD's.

Supporters say electronic monitoring will cut down on unsafe driving during long hauls. That clock runs whether they are driving, sitting in traffic jams, or waiting around for freight to be loaded or unloaded often on uncompensated time.

Owner-operator and third-generation trucker Matt Shourd, from Georgetown, Tenn., drove down to the Alabama event with his custom-painted 2002 Peterbilt 379, named "Unfinished Business".

But Muxlow believes the new e-logs are just a race against time, adding more stress and danger to his job.

"They're collecting information about me, my privacy is not being honored".

"There is a recurring monthly cost from $20 - $50 per truck. The ECMs in my truck are made for diagnostics, they're not made to send and receive things to another computer".

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