trucking123It was announced last Thursday on Facebook, that an electronic-logging-device-mandate petition was launched on the White House’s “We the People” website, a website which was created to serve as a place for U.S. citizens to lobby the executive branch directly through petitions.

It is believed that the petition was created March 19th, by a resident of Lima, Ohio, with the initials D.N. The website’s privacy policy requires the withholding of full names.

The goal of the petition is to have 100,000 signatures collected by April 18. Its language reflects the viewpoint of a great number of those in the transportation industry. Even though it uses the term EOBR rather than the ELD terminology of the original mandate, the petition is clearly targeted toward the recently-released proposal from the FMCSA.

According to the petition:

These devices do not make American highways or trucks any safer. Safety is achieved with proper training and education. These devices will only serve to force small trucking companies and independent truck drivers to close because they simply cannot afford the potential required equipment and subscription costs.

More than 50% percent of those who responded to a poll released earlier this month, which anticipated the ELD mandate, indicated that they preferred retirement or another line of work over trucking with an electronic log. However, in responding to that same poll, 1 in 4 indicated they would find a way to make it work or were running e-logs already.

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