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Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

July 19, 2017, by David Cullen

Photo: Paccar Financial
Photo: Paccar Financial

Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. On July 18, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017 (H.R.3282) to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate from December 2017 to December 2019. The bill has been referred for consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The day before Babin’s bill came out, the House Transportation Committee attached a rider to the DOT funding bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate.

Both Babin’s bill (either as a standalone act or attached to other legislation) and the committee’s rider would have to survive the legislative maw of the House and Senate — even tougher to do in this very turbulent year on Capitol Hill — to end up as final legislation and then be signed into law by President Trump before the ELD mandate could be slowed or stopped.

The political reality is that it is only remotely possible that either measure will become law. And even if one did, it would more than likely not be in place before the mandate kicks in this December.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association applauded the new bill. “We thank Rep. Babin for realizing the serious problems associated with implementation that can only be avoided by putting off the mandate,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA executive vice president.

“The agency has failed to answer important questions from Congress and industry stakeholders about this mandate,” he continued. “This includes issues related to enforcement, connectivity, data transfers, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and many other legitimate, real-world concerns.”

Related: Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?


  1. 1. BarbRRB [ July 19, 2017 @ 09:43AM ]

    Thank You Rep. Brian Babin & Todd Spencer, OOIDA. The real world issues and what would happen to a driver? OOS.

  2. 2. Tim Smith [ July 19, 2017 @ 09:57AM ]

    Why delay the inevitable?

  3. 3. Justin Thomas [ July 19, 2017 @ 10:19AM ]

    Just another example of "too little, too late". Had anyone been serious about this, these bills would have been filed months ago. I believe all of this is just show.

  4. 4. Patrick Oravetz [ July 19, 2017 @ 10:30AM ]

    No eld is certified by FMCSA. Go buy one then have to buy another ? All the exemptions being granted by corporations filling pockets with $$$. How many more jobs in America and else where can the owner operator support ? I am just trying to make a living to support MY wife and 10 year-old son.

  5. 5. terry [ July 19, 2017 @ 10:38AM ]

    The day , that somebody ( govt, commission , whom ever), lays down
    guide lines for Shippers and Receivers, to unload or load a truck upon arrival
    a large percentage of all this CRAP, on the driver WILL GO AWAY!!!!
    FINE THESE SHIPPERS AN RECEIVERS, about $500-1000, an instance
    and some manager will tell a fork lift driver Texting as he works to get his ass in gear and put the skids on the truck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 6. terry [ July 19, 2017 @ 11:01AM ]

    The very best thing to do is hit these brokers when asked at 0900 is product
    ready and they say yes, and driver gets there at 11:00, and the dreaded phone call from driver " your not gonna believe this crap, " aint ready till
    1500 this afternoon. then we call 800 number, give out shipper location
    broker name and load number, carrier name , driver and trk, BOOM , same kind of fine to those folks. Everybody makes that call, and computer does the work, this is intense, but somehow making a believer that somebody needs to call shippers 1st is a reality in this world and will not
    ever, change instead of making this business nothing but a bunch of guess, work, YOU, are not gonna be able to change the fact that the broker business, remains to be a large majority of nothing but inexperienced individuals Trying to read a computer and have never seen the inside of a TRUCK !! FACT !

  7. 7. Carl [ July 19, 2017 @ 11:19AM ]

    The leaders of the trucking industry should be pounding on the doors of congress demanding that this rule not be delayed. There is too much political football going on with not enough understanding between good regulations verse bad regulations.

  8. 8. Todd [ July 20, 2017 @ 11:11AM ]

    What is wrong with Bill Sullivan at ATA is you getting paid off by Swift and the big companies and not seeing through what's really going on? He just lining his pockets !!!!!!

  9. 9. Al Carlock [ July 20, 2017 @ 09:02PM ]

    Don't just delay this mandate kill it

  10. 10. Al Carlock [ July 20, 2017 @ 09:04PM ]

    Kill this mandate or we going to park them the week of the mandate

  11. 11. Michael B Rector [ July 21, 2017 @ 03:39PM ]

    It is my opinion that ELDs may be very useful to large companies with hundreds of drivers to monitor. However, I'm a one-truck, one-driver, owner-operator and paying for the installation and service fees for an ELD is a waste of money for me.

  12. 12. Todd [ July 25, 2017 @ 05:08AM ]

    The only reason not to want ELDs in the truck is that you are cheating and putting the entire driving public at risk. This is true for both large companies and small. Quit trying to find some reason to avoid what is already the law and get onboard with making the roads safer.

  13. 13. Justin Baley [ July 26, 2017 @ 12:21PM ]

    I sell ELD devices and I represent TheTMS. We offer a month to month ELD solution and we are self certified through the FMCSA.
    Our month to month plan starts at $ 14.85 and to get started there is only a one time fee of $ 198. to purchase your ELD equipment.
    Our website is my direct dial is 708-330-4546.

  14. 14. Everette [ July 28, 2017 @ 02:24PM ]

    These ELD tech companies shouldn't get one dime from us hard working drivers. This is a scam to make the tech companies rich,and give the large carriers a monopoly over this industry. Its not about safety at all. You ELD drivers be racing through the parking lots trying to beat that clock.Plus your safety manager will go in that computer and switch things around so you can make that load on time. Stop the crap! You are a scavenger to the hard working driver. Keep your sorry $800.00 dollars a week. I'll take the 8,000. All of these carriers made their money on paper logs. I refuse to be a company bum!

  15. 15. Marck bulani [ July 30, 2017 @ 07:52AM ]

    This bill will slow the economy. Big time people with truck payments 3 to 4k a mont will abandon the business plus lots of drivers will be cited bug fines due to insufficient parking for truck's you will se lots of trucks abandoned on the hwy and this bill will produce more accidents do to time TIME if you are in door for 4 hrs just to load howe mucht time you have to delivery None. Thus is a big big proablem ..WE ALL NEED TO BE UNITED AS BROTHERS AND TEACH THOSE BIG FAT POLITICIANS A LESSONS BECOUSE THEI DONT KNOW NOTHING ABOUT TRUCKING THEI JUST GO TO STORES AND BUY BUT THEI DONT CARE WHOM THEI BRING IT TO THE STORE..

  16. 16. Robert [ September 24, 2017 @ 05:47AM ]

    I believe ELD needs a little bit more time to do a little bit more research on the effects of what it will do the trucking industry especially the delay at the shippers and receivers you can shoot on-time deliveries all to hell totally unacceptable and you're right it's making these tech companies Rich big time over a mandate from the government what's wrong with that picture can you say kickbacks oh yeah thank you

  17. 17. Ken brown [ October 24, 2017 @ 08:36AM ]

    Ya it’s true it’s all about getting more money out of us owner opp bull shit let us drive our trucks with out the dam government getting their hand into our pockets like they do all the dam time like the other driver said racing in to get loads n racing in to get fuel how’s that helping out anyone always racing against the so called clock it’ will NOT Work BE RAM PAGE OUT HERE Like the Walmart driver that was on ELOG that was on his ten hour break n ran into that van almost killled the people he was on BREAK but never slept thanks KEN

  18. 18. tbo [ October 27, 2017 @ 10:46AM ]

    All you raging truck drivers are acting as though the ELD companies aren't working *with* the trucking companies.

    If we could trust truck drivers to be honest with their time, we wouldn't have to electronically monitor them, would we?

  19. 19. David Jenkins [ November 30, 2017 @ 11:58AM ]

    ELD's will do nothing for safety. In order to make a living, pay truck payments, insurance, Base Plates, 2290, Fuel, maintenance, etc.,etc., I have to make the money to pay for all this.
    Now. I will be forced to run faster and farther in my 11 hrs
    What is going to be safe about me running 75 mph everywhere I go just to make the miles I need
    All because of new regulations which we have way too many of already


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