OOIDA’s last attempt to repeal the ELD mandate has been thwarted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Earlier, OOIDA had asked the Supreme Court to hear the ELD mandate case, after being denied rehearing by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. This morning the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected OOIDA’s appeal to hear the ELD mandate case, effectively ending their court challenge.
OOIDA was keenly seeking to overturn a lower court decision. OOIDA says that it is “extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court does not see the merit in reviewing our case with so many questions about its constitutionality.”
On the other hand, the ATA (American Trucking Associations) is quite happy with the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the ELD mandate.
According to ATA officials, “We are pleased to see that the Supreme Court will not interfere with the implementation of this important, and Congressionally mandated, safety rule. We will continue to support FMCSA as they work toward the December deadline for electronic logging devices and urge them to provide certainty to the industry about when and how to comply with this rule by continuing to move forward implementing this regulation on schedule.”
OOIDA claimed that the ELD mandate violates drivers’ Congressional protections against warrantless searches. They first appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-panel judge heard the case and issued a decision in favor of FMCSA and the ELD mandate. Later, OOIDA appealed to the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which was also rejected.
As a last resort, OOIDA asked the Supreme Court to intervene and hear the ELD mandate case. In one of the blog posts we published last month, we predicted why OOIDA’s appeal to the Supreme Court isn’t going to work.
After being rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, OOIDA’s court campaign is now effectively finished.
About the ELD mandate
The ELD mandate was published on December 16, 2015, for improving accountability and safety in the trucking industry. The ELD mandate is expected to save $1 billion annually by reducing paperwork. More importantly, the new e-log system is also estimated to save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries every year.
It has been a couple of rollercoaster months with fleets speculating about the future of the ELD mandate. Now the dust is settled, and everybody can focus on ELD implementation.
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