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Bill Presented to Delay ELD Mandate

by Anna Mischke | Jul 26, 2017

Driver News 072617As implementation of the ELD mandate nears, attention is being focused from all directions toward this new game-changing rule. While the FMCSA tours the country for a six-stop educational event series, a bill named The ELD Extension Act of 2017 was recently introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. If passed, the bill would delay the compliance date by two years to December 2019, allowing owner-operators two years to make the move to mandatory usage of electronic logging devices.

Texas Republican Representative and member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Brian Babin, presented the bill after the U.S. Department of Transportation was urged by a House panel to study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the mandate is necessary. The panel also addressed the encumbrance of the new mandate for small carriers in addition to questions targeting technological concerns and following up on execution. Babin stated, “While technology like ELDs have great promise, I didn’t come to Washington to force those ideas on small businesses… If trucking companies want to continue implementing and using ELDs, they should go right ahead. But for those who don’t want the burden, expense, and uncertainty of putting one of these devices into every truck they own by the end of the year, we can and should offer relief. ”

The Extension Act has a long way to go before becoming law and must be approved by the House and Senate in addition to being signed by President Trump. The bill can be attached to larger regulations or passed as a standalone bill as well.

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  1. gymi | Aug 19, 2017
    Nice information
  2. Dan | Aug 05, 2017

    just leave us drivers alone  please just please

  3. Alex motales | Aug 01, 2017
    I would like Chris from union city to please call me  at ( 408 ) 757-2800 asap looking for work , thank you 

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