The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association applauded a request made by the Indiana attorney general asking that a federal mandate for electronic logging devices on commercial vehicles be delayed.
The letter from Curtis Hill Jr, the Indiana Attorney General, to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cited numerous concerns that reflect many of the same issues raised by truck drivers.
Among the concerns is the self-certification of the devices that businesses will be required to purchase to comply with the mandate. At present, none of the 193 devices listed on the FMCSA website have been validated by the agency or any unbiased, third-party testing program.
“Most small-businesses can ill afford to make these purchases only to learn later that the ELD is non-compliant,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice-president of OOIDA. “Yet they are required to do so or risk violation.
“This request from a state agency is a prime example how states are beginning to understand the reality of this broadly written mandate and its negative consequences. Law enforcement is simply not ready for this.”