Petition Launched Asking President Trump to “Immediately Suspend” ELD Mandate
Washington D.C. – A trucking group is continuing its fight against the electronic logging devices mandate and has launched a petition asking President Trump to “immediately suspend” the controversial rule.
After launching a petition on Change.org that quickly garnered more than 2,000 signatures this week, James Lamb, president of the 15,000-member Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC), has now created a petition to get President Trump’s attention.
On October 25, Lamb commissioned a second petition on WhiteHouse.gov asking for the immediate suspension of the ELD mandate.
The petition reads:
On October 22, 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) released new data that show that in 2018, the first full year the new ELD rule was in effect for the trucking industry to enforce commercial motor vehicle operators’ compliance with hours of service regulations, more than 2 occupants of large trucks died. Every. Single. Day. This is the highest number of such deaths since 1988, making this stat a 30-year high. We believe ELDs have caused drivers anxiety to such levels that many now recklessly speed to beat the clock. We call on the Whitehouse to direct the USDOT to act on NHTSA findings and immediately suspend ELDs until unintended consequences can be studied to decide if the rule is ripe for repeal.
The launching of this new effort is yet another action in response to troubling traffic fatality data released on Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The alarming NHTSA report, which the petition references, revealed a total of 885 large truck occupants perished in crashes last year.
That number marks the most since 1988 when 911 people died.
The petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days to qualify for a response from the White House.
It’s garnered about 1,300 signatures in 24 hours.
In an exclusive interview, Lamb tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN), “SBTC is sending a clear message to the President, Congress and the bureaucrats at USDOT that truckers will not sit idly by as government promulgates failed public policy that results in more trucker deaths.”
Lamb expressed optimism that gaining 100,000 signatures would increase the chances “ELDs will be suspended or even replaced.”
He added, “We urgently implore every American truck driver to seize this opportunity to send an urgent message over the next 30 days to the government that Trucker Lives Matter.”
To sign the petition, click HERE.
CLICK FOR UPDATE: Petition to Suspend ELDs Quickly Gains Support, Picks Up 10K Signatures in 72 Hours
More Action To Fight ELD Mandate
On Wednesday, the SBTC sent a letter to U.S. Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Representative Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
In it, Lamb asked the legislators to take action to “immediately suspend the ELD mandate and direct FMCSA to further study this issue to determine whether the ELD rule is ripe for repeal.”
SBTC’s letter argues the ELD mandate has not had the positive safety impact promised by advocates.
“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had promised the industry and public that ELDs would save 26 lives per year, it now is evident this is not the case,” Lamb wrote.