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Supreme Court nixes ELD review

June 12, 2017
Declines to hear legal challenge to ELD mandate proffered by OOIDA.

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to the federal government’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, making it a near certainty the rule will take effect this December.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) had sought a review by the high court on numerous grounds, including that electronic logs violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

However, the decision from the court paves the way for the Dec. 18 implementation date of the mandate from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to go forward.

The mandate calls for nearly all interstate commercial drivers to use ELDs to monitor hours of service.

About the Author

Neil Abt

Neil Abt, editorial director at Fleet Owner, is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post newspaper, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics. Abt is based out of Portland, Oregon.

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