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Truckers rally across country in opposition to ELD mandate

Truckers rally across country in opposition to ELD mandate

Independent truckers from around the country gathered today to bring attention to the new technology mandate that could leave consumers paying more at the grocery store.

"No matter how safe their driving record and everything are, for millions of safe miles for some of these 30 plus year veterans, have to put this in their truck to track them", said rally leader and truck owner and operator Mandi Jo Pinheiro.

They include Forrest Lucas, president of Corona-based Lucas Oil Products, who said in a phone interview he had met with Vice President Mike Pence on the matter. The ELD devices link to a semi-truck's engine, capturing the movement of the truck and recording how much time a trucker is at the wheel.

Truck drivers are allowed to work a 14-hour work window, driving no more than 11 hours.

The grassroots group "ELD or Me" originally formed on Facebook sees over 19,000 members and sees responsibility for helping organize protests on both the local level and the national level over the course of the day.




Children of a truck driver joined Monday's rally at the state Capitol to raise awareness of a federal mandate that truckers are protesting which requires them to install electronic logging devices in their rigs.

A Texas congressman has introduced a resolution that would delay the ELD mandate for two years. The ELDs would replace paper logs to monitor truck drivers' compliance with restrictions on hours of service. "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". They said it would lead to higher prices of trucked goods and could lead to an unsafe "beat the clock" mentality. "They're racing to get where they've got to go before their time runs out". "If anything, it's going to be just the opposite [because] I'm going to feel the pressure of that clock".

"Instead of letting a driver safely do what they need to do to get the job done, they can call them because they see they are not moving", said Mike Landis of Lititz.

Truckers from around the country are working with lawmakers to change the mandate. "They don't know whats going on out here".


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