Truck drivers push back against electronic logging device regulations

Truck drivers around the country came out in force in opposition of the regulations making electronic logging device mandatory in every American truck.

To some central New York drivers, tractor trailers aren't a welcome sight on the road.

"Tractor trailers are dangerous. I feel like they, sometimes when their drivers are sleepy or whatever they swerve and sway on the road," said Lawrence White of Syracuse. "And I have a family member that actually lost some people
who were ran off the road by a tractor trailer."

But truck drivers said not all drivers are careless. They came out Monday morning to voice their opinion on a federal regulation that will soon track their every move.

Pat Valenti owns and operates his own truck, and for more than 20 years he's logged about 100,000 miles annually.

"I used to enjoy the freedom. Getting out into wide open spaces, um , being left alone with my thoughts, and just having a job to do and just getting it done and not really having a whole lot of direct oversight," Valenti said.

He said getting a tracking device isn't simple or cheap for someone who owns their own business.

"I have to pay for my device. I have to pay to install it. I have to pay to maintain it and I have to pay a monthly monitoring fee. Those monitoring fees alone will total in millions of dollars monthly paid by this industry," Valenti said.

Some see this as a threat to job security as bigger trucking corporations can handle the cost.

"These machines in a truck will track every move we make and they can see exactly what we're doing and they're gonna take our jobs," said Scott Hazel, another truck driver who owns and operates his own truck.

While they say this could help monitor unsafe drivers, truck drivers said this shouldn't be mandatory.

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