Excerpt from Transport Topics article.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s challenge to the federal electronic logging device mandate Oct. 31.
OOIDA had asked the court to vacate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule, which was issued in December 2015 and is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 17, 2017.
The court knocked down each of OOIDA’s five main arguments.
“Petitioners claim … that the final rule is contrary to law because it permits ELDs that are not entirely automatic,” the court said in its 28-page opinion. “We disagree. … Petitioners argue that the agency used too narrow a definition of ‘harassment’ that will not sufficiently protect drivers. This claim also fails. When defining harassment, the agency sought input from drivers, motor carriers and trade organizations; it considered administrative factors; and it ultimately provided a reasonable definition of the term.”