Supreme Court Rejects ELD Appeal
Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not take up an appeal from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) that sought to strike down the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule. The rule, announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, has a required compliance date of December 18, 2017.
In their lawsuit, previously dismissed by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, OOIDA contended the rule violated drivers’ privacy, amid other arguments.
With today’s decision by the Supreme Court to not hear OOIDA’s case, the 7th Circuit’s ruling remains in place and the judicial argument has effectively been settled, meaning motor carriers and CMV operators can move forward with their implementation plans to meet the December deadline.
Though the decision ends years of legal battles, studies have shown that most commercial carriers have already begun using or testing ELDs and have found them beneficial throughout the supply chain. According to ATA president Shannon Newton, “Carriers that have voluntarily integrated ELDs into their operations have found that the ability to record accurate driving time decreases hours of service violations, improves Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores, and helps promote a strong culture of safety and professionalism within their organizations.”
The Arkansas Trucking Association has supported a mandate for electronic logging devices for nearly 20 years. Newton said in response to this morning’s decision, “We’re pleased that the Supreme Court declined to hear the suit challenging the ELD rule and that the December 18th compliance deadline will remain in place. The industry has invested substantial time and resources preparing for this rule to go into effect, and we continue to believe it’s in the best interest of safety.”