Trump Nominee Backs ELD Mandate

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration supports the mandate requiring drivers to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track hours of service, and Tontitown-based carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services has determined it will equip its fleet with automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to comply with the mandate.

Ray Martinez, the president’s nominee to lead the federal agency, told the Senate Commerce Committee he wants to meet with small independent truckers to learn their concerns about the mandate after hearing it would negatively impact them, but at the same time, he ensured the mandate would be carried out by the agency he would oversee. He explained ELDs are needed to promote accurate record-keeping of a truck driver’s hours of service information, according to Transport Topics, a publication of American Trucking Associations.

“What we experienced in the past was that it was paper-based, which means it was very susceptible to fraudulent entries,” Martinez said.    MORE

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