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AMERICAN SIKH TRUCK OWNERS JOINS 'BLACK AND BLUE' ON ELD

October 03, 2017 08:36 AM

Sikhs Political Action Committee chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa and founder of Lucas Oil Forrest Lucas, have expressed concern regarding the President Donald Trump Administration decison on installation of Electronic Logging Device (ELD). Mr Lucas and Mr Khalsa are concerned about the impact of the regulation on the consumer economy as well. Trucks deliver the goods and products just in time. Delays will be costly to businesses and small business will suffer the adverse impacts the most.

INDIANAPOLIS (BALBIR SINGH)

Sikhs Political Action Committee chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa and founder of Lucas Oil Forrest Lucas, have expressed concern regarding the President Donald Trump Administration decison on installation of Electronic Logging Device (ELD). Mr Lucas and Mr Khalsa are concerned about the impact of the regulation on the consumer economy as well. Trucks deliver the goods and products just in time. Delays will be costly to businesses and small business will suffer the adverse impacts the most.

“The Sikhs and the truck groups and the coalitions are doing something important here. They are bringing the problems of the ELD to the American public’s attention,” said Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil. Mr. Lucas was pleased to see the cooperation among the Sikhs and other groups as they held a press conference in Washington to D.C. last week on September 27, 2017 at National Press Club to call for a delay to allow a more reasonable approach.

Mr Lucas noted that it is the public who would be harmed by the regulations in the form of slower deliveries and increased costs.

Action Committee chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa.
 Approximately 150,000 Sikh truck owners are joining with the national group of truck drivers, “Black and Blue” October 03-07, 2017 to protest the ELD in Washington, D.C., New York and Sacramento, Los Angles, Modesto, Fresno in California.

Other truck drivers, are joining as well. “Our concern is the same as the other members of the coalitions and groups against the ELD,” said Khalsa. “The concern is that practices for this new technology vary between manufacturers and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has not approved devices.”

SikhsPAC is urging the Trump Administration to delay the requirement of an expensive logging device in trucks beyond the planned effective date. The December 18, 2017 deadline for the devices, according to Sikhs PAC Chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, will impose not only higher costs on the trucking industry but also harm the buying power of the American consumers.

Khalsa is leading the Sikh truck drivers as part of a broad based national effort to inform President Trump, Congress, and the American consumer of the economic threat from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD)
The ELD records data about the trucks’ operation including the hours that truckers are on and off duty and must accurately synchronize with a vehicle’s engine. The reliability of the devices is questioned because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has not certified any device as meeting the federal requirements.

The public may not realize that truckers are struggling with this regulation and some are leaving the business. “Right now, there are 99 different devices registered as complying with this new regulation, all offering various degrees of functionality and price points,” said Khalsa. “The immediate concern is that truckers will spend money on a device that ultimately won’t be compliant. Plus, we have no way of knowing which companies will stay in business to service their equipment.”

The purchasing decisions for an ELD are complex. “You need to take into account the maintenance charges, upgrade capability and fees, monthly service charges and cell phone data rates,” Khalsa said. “Right now, there is little guidance for which devices will be compliant long-term. If the wrong decision is made, the truck may be put out of service, a company may be penalized, and a driver’s Commercial Drivers License may be negatively impacted.”

Khalsa continued. “We seek this delay for the ELD mandate so that we can make sure that truckers across the United States understand the law and can follow it accurately, responsibly and with as few hassles as possible. As it stands now, the confusion over the mandate and which devices will comply is unfair to the trucking industry and the individual small businessmen who own their own trucks.”

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