In a letter mailed to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Attorney General Curtis Hill urged a delay in implementing new rules requiring the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by commercial drivers. To immediately impose the new rules--set to take effect December 18--would place undue burdens on drivers and operators, he wrote.
Attorney General Hill particularly took issue with the new requirements' reliance on manufacturers to "self-certify" devices as complying with government standards--with no effective procedures seemingly yet developed to provide oversight over this process.
Drivers and operators are left without any way of ascertaining which brands and models of devices ultimately will pass muster, Attorney General Hill observed, setting up the risk they could invest in purchasing of devices later found to be inadequate.
Even while urging delay, the Office of Attorney General also is taking steps to ensure truckers and trucking companies are aware of the new regulations--collaborating with other state agencies to distribute information to relevant audiences.