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300 AMERICAN SIKH DRIVERS LINING UP THEIR TRUCKS AT I-465

October 09, 2017 02:23 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (BALBIR SINGH)

Over 300 Sikh truck drivers have returned to Indiana from Washington. D.C. and forming a truck line on Interstate 465 today to call attention to a directive from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that poses not only economic threats but also adds highway safety threats. These devices may be easily hacked.

 This rule will take effect on December 18, 2017, and will require Electronic Logging Devices(ELD) in almost all commercial trucks. The devices will impose not only higher costs on the American consumers but presents new and not well-understood threats to highway safety, says SikhPAC founder and president Gurinder Singh Khalsa.

Indianapolis-based Sikhs Political Action Committee seeks to delay the rule until it can be rewritten in a more workable fashion.

The Sikh truck drivers went to Washington DC as part of a broad-based national effort and a coalition to inform President Donald Trump and the American consumer of the threat from the electronic logging devices.
Their concern is the same as the other members of the coalitions and groups against the ELD. The concern is that practices for this new technology vary between manufacturers and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has not approved devices.

They 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 trucks.

The impact of the regulation on the consumer economy may be devastating. 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.

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