Does one size fit all? Small trucking fleets testify against ELD mandate

ELDs come in various price points with a multitude of features, from simple HOS recording to full management systems.

Yesterday, the Small Business House Committee heard how forthcoming ELD regulations will stifle competition, and how it won’t actually provide safety benefits. The hearing, called “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry,” was an opportunity to provide input on the vital role small businesses play in the overall economy and highway safety. Their arguments revolved around the topic of how the government is over-regulating an industry that will hurt the small businessman, the very ones risking the most.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), introduced the panel, asking for the regulations to be delayed until the “bugs can be worked out.” Today, the Indiana Attorney General asked for the same thing, observing, “This thing ain’t ready for primetime.”

Rep. Steve Chabot, (R-OH) led off the hearing, pointing out that the regulations are adding up and burdensome to the small business owner who already operates on small margins. Ranking member Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), noted in her opening remarks that the meeting provides, “An important opportunity to evaluate the trucking industry to help achieve both safer highways, and a thriving healthy trucking sector,” for which she sees an opportunity for bipartisan support.

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Chad Prevost

Chad is radio host and broadcast media specialist for FreightWaves.

One Comment

  1. Blue Tree Systems Platform can…

    -Improves Safety, Reduces Insurance Costs
    – Reduces your fuel costs 10 – 20 %
    -Automates Hours of Service Compliance and Ensures Compliance
    -Improves Driver Satisfaction with Truck Specific Navagation
    -Tracks and Protects your customers cargo
    – Provides updates for your customers
    -Reduces Vehicle Maintenance
    -Provides Maintenance Viability with Electronic DVIR
    -Reduces on road Accidents.
    -And provides an Immediate ROI

  2. Everyone knows and it has been proven the elds cause 31 % higher accident rates and if you cant figure out why your fucking idiot ! Its all about money nothing else

  3. If the 10hr off would be lowered to 8th leaving the 2nd to off duty driver descresion at his or her pleasure to eat. Shower relax would make, this would assure 8hr of rest in stead of try to get to you destination and cramming it in 10hr.