Supreme Court Denies Petition to Hear Electronic Logging Device Challenge

Owner-operator’s association vows to pursue legislative remedy to what it calls ‘warrantless surveillance of truckers that violates their Fourth Amendment rights’

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The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's (OOIDA) request to rule on the constitutionality of electronic logging devices for commercial trucks.

Denying OOIDA's petition means the court will not hold hearings on whether the regulation violates drivers’ rights to privacy under the Fourth Amendment, which means a lower court ruling upholding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's ELD mandate stands.

The electronic logging device rule requires motor carriers and drivers to transition to ELDs by Dec. 17 of this year. Those that were using automatic onboard recording devices prior to Dec. 18, 2017, may continue using AOBRDs through Dec. 16, 2019. Suppliers of ELDs must conform to technical specifications, certify their ELDs, and register them with FMCSA.

"We will continue to pursue the issue on the congressional side, as there are still many questions about the technical specifications and enforcement aspects of the mandate,” representatives of OOIDA told Heavy Duty Trucking.

(more on OOIDA’s fight against truck ELDs . . . )