In the video above, several truck drivers in attendance for Monday’s “ELD Media Blitz” rallies voice their concerns over the electronic logging device mandate and issues the mandate will cause for drivers.
As reported by Overdrive Monday, drivers gathered at sites around the country to raise media and public awareness about ELDs and how they will affect the trucking industry when the mandate goes into effect on Dec. 18.
The rallies drew the attention of local media in many cases, and in Baytown, Texas, Rep. Brian Babin made an appearance to show his support for the movement. Babin has introduced legislation that would delay the implementation of the mandate for two more years “until we can work these bugs out,” he said.
In addition to Monday’s coverage, more photos from events in Nashville, Tenn., Syracuse, N.Y., and Hollywood, Ala., can be seen below.
Buffalo owner/operator Pat Valenti with some of the signs at the Syracuse ELD Media Blitz event Monday. (Photo by David Hollis)
Owner-operator Sandra Mendenhall was at the Nashville rally from a home base in West Virginia, where her husband, Jim Ross, was participating in the event in the state capitol at Charleston. Mendenhall was delivering Monday morning in the area and showed up to show her support. (Photo by Todd Dills)
Matt Shourd brought his custom-designed 2002 Peterbilt 379, named “Unfinished Business,” down from Georgetown, Tennessee to attend the ELD media blitz at Gear Jammers truck stop in Hollywood, Alabama. (Photo by Deanne Winslett)
Safety was a big theme at the Alabama ELD protest, with signs set up next to Darrell Wright’s truck. (Photo by Deanne Winslett)