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Drivers protest electronic logging device mandate

Drivers protest electronic logging device mandate

Rep. Kristi Noem has joined lawmakers from Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota in signing on as a co-sponsor of a bill that would delay the mandate, which is set to go into effect on December 18.

Today thousands of truck drivers from all across America took part in protests against the FMCSA's Electronic Logging Device Mandate.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a median salary of $19.26 an hour, according to the list. The rule says once drivers turn their trucks on they have 14 hours to travel as far as possible before taking a mandatory 10 hour break.

Adopted in 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave truckers and bus drivers a two-year runway to install the technology into their rigs - which most mega-carriers already have - that is meant to strengthen their compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.

"There are so many niche hauls and especially in Nebraska a lot of guys do this niche hauls", said Jared Dean, an independent truck driver.

Still, these truckers say it's just not a one-size fits all industry.

By law, drivers are allowed a maximum of 14 hours per day, with only 11 of those hours spent driving. "The smaller companies are the ones who get hurt by it because they may run out of hours to get a load to their destination".

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Tuesday for the following counties, listed north to south: Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren. Saturday night , it will be mostly clear with a low of 26, according to the weather service.

Such delays can waste several hours while a driver is on the clock - and that's a huge problem for truckers because most are paid not by the hour, but by the mile. "You're going to be under the gun all the time".

After the mandate passes, a driver who is caught without an ELD can be fined or even be placed in the "out of service" status.

"We don't know if we are going to get the regulations stopped", Reed said.

It's a crash the NTSB's Sumwalt says should have never happened.

In less than two weeks, a new item will be installed in a majority of truck drivers' cabs.

The protests follow recent action on the governmental level, with Attorney general of Indiana, Curtis Hill, Jr. sending a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA) in regards to delaying the mandate implementation date.

A black box, that'll log their miles, hours, personal information, including where they are at all times. "But we need to appeal to President Trump to do an executive order to put a stop to this".