House Bill Wants DOT Study on Electronic Logging Devices  

July 10, 2018

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has introduced a bill (H.R. 6159) that, if enacted, would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a study on how many trucking “employees” who must comply with the Federal electronic logging device (ELD) requirements have quit their jobs because of the mandate.

ELDs are intended to ensure that drivers comply with the Federal hours-of-service rule that limits driving to no more than 11 hours a day within a 14-hour workday. Many people blame the ELD mandate on recent trucking capacity problems.

In a Facebook post announcing the bill, Cramer said, “I introduced H.R. 6159 to require the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a study about how many of our great truckers have quit their jobs due to the #ELD requirements. The hard working men and women who drive trucks are the lifeblood of our economy. Let’s support our truckers, not burden them.”

Separately, Reps. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) have introduced bills to remove the requirements that small carriers with ten or fewer trucks comply with the ELD regulations.