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Judge Approves Electronic Logs for Truckers, But When Will They Rollout?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2016 | Appeals, Trucking Wreck Injury |

Back in 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wrote a rule that required all truckers to use an electronic logging device (ELD). This measure was meant to stop truckers from driving too long and endangering public safety. However, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) called foul. The two organizations have been sparring ever since, but that fight could finally be coming to an end.

Will Electronic Logs for Truckers be Rolling Out Soon?

ELDs are meant to keep truckers from violating government rules that keep truckers from driving too long. But when the FMCSA tried to make these logs a requirement, it was block by OOIDA. OOIDA took the rule to court where it was struck down because it didn’t protect truckers from carrier harassment. That defeat didn’t stop the FMCSA.

In 2015, the safety administration drew up new rules to require ELDs in every post 2000 model truck in America. OOIDA wasted very little time and took the new rules to court on behalf of two truckers. It claimed that not only did the new rule not solve harassment issues, but it also violated the Fourth Amendment.

After months of court battles, the rule finally reached the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The three-judge panel ruled that the mandate wasn’t a violation of the Fourth Amendment, and it had fixed harassment issues. This means that FMCSA can rollout the rule as scheduled, which means all truckers must be compliant by December 18, 2017.

OOIDA has one more chance to stop this rule-an appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the group is still evaluating its options. Do you think OOIDA will continue to challenge this FMCSA rule? Do you think the rule will help make roadways safer? Our Macon truck accident attorneys want to hear what you think. So, log onto our Twitter and Facebook pages and share with us, and don’t forget to keep following our blog.