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SIKHS PAC CHAIRMAN REQUESTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DELAY NEW ELD REGULATIONS

September 27, 2017 09:33 PM
SikhsPAC chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa speaking at The National Press Club, Washington DC.

INDIANAPOLIS/WASHINTON DC (BALBIR SINGH)

Speaking on behalf of 1, 50,000 truck owners and drivers at National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045, Sikhs Political Action chairman and co-founder has strongly demanded for a delay to the mandate for the Electronic Logging Device.

Mr Khalsa was speaking along coalition of 30 other organizations representing the interests of truckers to request President Donald Trump Administration to delay new ELD regulations which will very badly effect the livelihood of truck owner operators and truck drivers. SikhsPAC is the part of this coalition.

GURINDER SINGH KHALSA SAYS

Raising the problems, Gurinder Singh Khalsa said that the technology (ELD) is not strong and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has not approved the devices. As of August 30, there were 99 different devices listed on the FMCSA web page as compliant, all offering various degrees of functionality and price points. Even though they are listed on the government web site, the vendors are only “self-certified.” This is misleading to many.

He further said that the ELDs are not safer and do nothing to stop a tired trucker from driving. In fact, by creating a situation where a trucker driver must sleep upon demand, the ELD may be increasing driver fatigue. The pressure of getting as many miles driven as possible during the permitted drive time may discourage drivers from taking needed breaks or rest stops.

Mr Khalsa said "the current mandate of the ELD is unfair to the American taxpayer and consumers. The consumers of America are going to be paying for the ELDs in higher prices and increased sales taxes while receiving fewer and less timely shipping services for their products. The consumers have had no voice in this."

The SikhsPAC chairman said there are too many unanswered questions about the regulations enforcement. Questions of fairness include asking who will be the inspectors? Who pays for them and their training? Who will be legally responsible for their competence in enforcing the regulations?

The SikhsPAC serves as a voice for the members of the Sikh community who have lived and worked in the United States for over 100 years. As of 2016, more than 750,000 Sikhs now call America home. Sikh culture calls for selfless service to community and nation. SikhsPAC aims to spread core values of equality and justice for all.  

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