Local truckers to protest electronic logs

Published: Dec. 2, 2017 at 5:57 PM CST
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Local truckers say a new rule aimed at protecting you on the road, could do the opposite.

In order to draw attention to the issue, they are planning a rally next week. At issue are "ELD'S" also called electronic logging devices meant to keep trucks from driving too many hours.

Every truck will be required to have one later this month. Cindy Marshall is an owner-operator who is against the idea.

She says because truckers can only drive 11 hours in a 14-hour day, the logging devices prevent them from taking short breaks, and it counts against them when they're in the dock waiting to load or unload.

Federal regulators say the devices are expected to save one billion dollars by reducing the amount of required industry paperwork and save lives.

Cindy says it's causing more crashes because truckers will have to drive, even when they're tired.

"We are over 100 thousand drivers strong on this and we are willing to stand up and say no we're not going to do this...we believe this strongly that we will stop our trucks if that's what we have to do."

Area truckers plan to rally Monday morning at nine at Newell truck plaza in Newton. It's one of 40 rallies across the nation.

They want to educate others about what they see as the possible dangers and negative economic impact.

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