As projected by many industry experts, the US federal court has voted to uphold the ELD mandate. This decision means that on December 18, 2017 the vast majority of commercial drivers in the United States will be required to track their Hours of Service duty status with an electronic logging device.
In their decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with many of the transportation industries primary concerns regarding the mandate, stating that the rule “is not arbitrary or capricious, nor does it violate the Fourth Amendment.”
It’s important to note that the 7th Circuit Court was the same court that previously ruled against the FMCSA’s 2010 ELD mandate because of concerns over driver harassment. The court addressed their prior decision in yesterday’s ruling, stating that they felt the FMCSA had taken the necessary measures to protect drivers.