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Todd Dills

‘It’s time somebody starts looking out for the little guy’ — more voices from the ELD protests

| October 16, 2017

President Trump’s @realdonaldtrump and @POTUS Twitter accounts continue today to be beset by an #ELDorMe tweetstorm of sorts by anti-ELD mandate partisans after his tax-reform-related speech last week with an American Trucking Associations backdrop. The speech held nary a mention of scattered protests (including several days with a truck show at his back door) around the nation against the ELD mandate the week prior. The title of this post and the podcast comes from a caller to the podcast message line (530-408-6423), who urged lawmakers — and President Trump — to consider the burdens that have been heaped on small trucking businesses over the last decade, and put off an added cost in the ELD mandate already.

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As ripple effects continue to emanate from a sense of renewed camaraderie among many of the participants in D.C. and around the country as a result of ELD mandate protest efforts, I thought I’d take you back through some of the various conversations had during my brief time in D.C. for protest days 1 and 2 a week and more back. In podcast players above and below, hear brief interviews with the likes of owner-operators Rob Hallahan, Brian Bucenell, Wayne Clark, Riley Clay, John Legg, Doug Viaille and others. It’s all rounded up with more of your incoming calls to the Overdrive Radio podcast line relative to ELDs, most taken during the week of the protests.

Following, find pictures of the featured owner-operators and/or their rigs.

Wagner, Okla.-based Buck Hartley, who delivered a load to D.C. proper (for the first time there) Monday, Oct. 2, before joining up with the ELD or Me crew in Virginia. He’s pictured here below the Spirit of Justice statue at the House Rayburn Office Building.

W.Va.-based owner-operator John Legg and his (above) Peterbilt. Legg was planning on returning to D.C. next week to continue lobbying efforts with lawmakers around H.R. 3282 ELD delay bill — last week, it picked up a fourth cosponsor since the ELD protest efforts began October 3, putting the total number of cosponsoring reps at 56.

Doug Viaille, out of Garland, Texas, is owner-operator of Goat’s Transport LLC. He participated in Operation Black and Blue’s wee-hours parking protest efforts in D.C., here pictured on Wednesday outside of Department of Transportation headquarters. He joined the group coming into D.C. from the Leesport, Pa., Big Rig Rendezvous, where began the establishment of a new advocacy group centered around drivers/small-biz carriers’ interest — the United Motor Carrier Council. More on that group in a future post.

Rob Hallahan‘s KW and Brian Bucenell‘s Pete pictured in Doswell, Va., after the first ELD protest day. Find more about the two, as well as Riley Clay, via this link.

And read more about owner-operator Wayne Clark, who arrived Tuesday, October 3, in D.C. to join up with Operation Black and Blue’s efforts, via this piece published October 4.

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