AG Curtis Hill: Truckers’ protest motivated by legitimate concerns

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is backing up truck drivers’ “slow-roll protest” on I-465 in Indianapolis was motivated by legitimate concerns.

A group of truck drivers participated in the protest to express their displeasure with federal regulations burdening their industry.

Truckers and trucking companies are frustrated by new rules requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by commercial drivers.

Hill says the “ELD requirements might very well be motivated by good intentions”.

“Everyone supports the idea of creating a safer work environment for drivers. Everyone sees the logic of making it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share data related to driving hours. I still believe, however, that the current ELD requirements were rushed through the approval process without sufficient attention to their expense and practical workability,” Hill said.

Curtis Hill acknowledged federal officials have addressed several of his initial concerns about ELD regulations, but he called for further study into ways to address truckers’ concerns and lessen burdens on the industry.

First letter to FMCSA – November 2017

Response from FMCSA – January 2018

Second letter to FMCSA – March 2018

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(This story was originally published on February 21, 2019)

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