New York truckers protest electronic logging devices

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Truckers in Central New York are joining a national movement at the Pilot Travel Center in Liverpool on Monday, fighting a new rule monitoring truck drivers’ every move.

Later this month, every truck will be required to have an electronic logging device or “ELD.”

The devices limit truckers to 11 hours of driving in a 14-hour day.

Drivers say this keeps them from taking short breaks, and counts against them when they’re at the dock, waiting to load or unload.

They also call it a safety hazard and a “terrorist’s dream come true.”

“The Electronic Logging Device, ELD, has no place in the trucking industry and the reason is my truck can be tracked anywhere it is. That might sound like ‘oh okay great, your shippers and receivers know where their freight is but so do the criminals,” said Douglas Hasner, owner and operator of Landstar Trucking. 

The American Trucking Association does support the federal regulation, telling trucks.com that it believes there will be no delay in the Dec. 18 deadline. 

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