WASHINGTON — In joint comments submitted Thursday to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (Trucking Alliance) warned that an exemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association would gut the long-settled electronic logging device rule by allowing nearly all trucking companies to delay compliance.
OODIA’s request for a five-year exemption to the ELD rule is a transparent attempt to bypass Congress and the courts by regurgitating discredited arguments which seek to advance special interests at the expense of road safety for all motorists, the two organizations said in their comments.
The Small Business Administration defines a small business as one having less than $27.5 million revenue annually.
“OOIDA, as an organization, asserts that it represents 160,000 members who operate 240,000 heavy trucks, yet the application seeks exemption for a far larger class of motor carriers, i.e., all those considered to be a small transportation trucking business as defined by the SBA regulations,” the comments said.
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