States Eye Bills to Suspend ELD Enforcement; Ask Congress for Mandate Repeal

- Legislators in at least four states have introduced proposals in recent weeks to stymie enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate, either by suspending funds for enforcement within their state’s borders or by asking the federal government to reconsider the mandate, enforcement for which began in December. The bills mostly cite concerns of small business truckers as the reasons to repeal the mandate or suspend its enforcement, as well as the potential for the mandate to drive up prices of goods for consumers. Legislators in South Dakota, Missouri, Tennessee and Idaho have introduced resolutions taking aim at the mandate.

Lawmakers in South Dakota and Missouri have called for an outright repeal of the mandate. Both the South Dakota House and Senate passed earlier this month a resolution “encouraging Congress and FMCSA to overturn the rules regarding” ELDs. The state cites the cost of compliance, ELDs’ tracking requirements (which the state contends is “an invasion of privacy) and FMCSA’s self-certified device registry as reasons to repeal the mandate.

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