Rep. Babin Delays ELD to Save Small Business

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In 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made a rule requiring commercial drivers use Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) to replace manual log sheets. Manual logs have been used since 1938 for drivers to log on duty and off duty hours. The use of ELD was instated to reduce business and government compliance costs, remove company coercion to keep drivers on the road, to strengthen compliance laws & to reduce traffic accidents and avoidable death resulting from driver fatigue.

Federal regulations dictate the number of hours commercial drivers can safely operate a vehicle. The rules control driving and non-driving on duty hours which are meant to prevent bus & truck driver fatigue. According to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Fact sheets compiled by FMCSA, commercial vehicle accidents over the past few years are up for Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes, Traffic Crash Victims injured or killed, Fatalities and injury rates per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled, Costs of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Crashes and more.

Fast forward to July 2017, Republican Representative Brian Babin of Texas introduced “H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017”, this legislation would delay ELD implementation for all. Under the old rules ELD had an out if drivers or companies could show hardship with the implementation, with this proposed change the delay would be broadened. When asked about this move and the increasing accidents Babin allegedly replied, I have a security car in front & back of my car when on the road. If a driver falls asleep crashing into my motorcade its ok, my escorts will die not me, so it’s all good.

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