August 16, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Washington: As per the media reports a group of American-Sikh truckers has urged US President Donald Trump to delay the enforcement of a regulation which mandates them to install expensive logging devices on their vehicles.
It is learned that the new regulation will be in enforced on December 18th 2017, according to which it will become mandatory for all commercial vehicles including trucks unless a truck is in an exempted class, to buy and operate an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record the hours they are on and off duty.
An ELD synchronises with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for more accurate hours of service recording, media sources said.
Industry reports say a wide range of prices exist for different versions of the technology, running from USD 165 to USD 832 annually, the most widely used being USD 495 a truck.
“Please save the livelihood of small businesses and truck driver from the mandate of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule,” reads the statement of the Gurinder Singh Khalsa, chairman of the PAC while interacting with the media.
“The federal bureaucracy seems bogged down to think that more regulations will solve problems on highways.”
“In fact, the ELDs are counterproductive and do nothing to improve highway safety,” reads a quote from letter reportedly written to US President Donald Trump urging him to delay its implementation “until reasonable solutions can be worked out” notes Economic Times (ET).