Indianapolis, In. — On Thursday a group of truck drivers participated in a “slow-roll protest” on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis to express their displeasure with federal regulations burdening their industry. In particular, truckers and trucking companies are frustrated by new rules requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by commercial drivers.
While their methods of protest might be debatable, the truckers’ concerns are legitimate, Attorney General Curtis Hill said.
“The ELD requirements might very well be motivated by good intentions,” Attorney General Hill said. “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.”
Attorney General Hill acknowledged that federal officials have addressed several of his initial concerns about the ELD regulations since he first got involved with the issue in 2017. He called for further study, however, into ways to address truckers’ concerns and lessen burdens on the industry.
Attached are 2017 and 2018 letters between Attorney General Hill and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding this issue.