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3/28/2014 12:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Write a letter to the Editor

FMCSA Gathers Input on New-Entrant Testing, ELDs

John Sommers II for TT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anne Ferro and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials listened to the public on knowledge testing for new transportation companies, but also heard from truck drivers on the new electronic logging device rule.

Owner-operators generally supported testing as a way to improve highway safety, and brokers were opposed to testing.

Two drivers also spoke about the ELD proposal, which would require commercial drivers to log their work hours electronically. One veteran driver described himself as “computer illiterate” and said he must use paper logs if he is to remain in the industry.

Another driver said he has used ELDs and does not like them, but conceded they do certain things well.

Ferro, FMCSA’s administrator, headed a five-member delegation from her agency that sought public comment on how to write a rule that Congress ordered created.

New companies seeking a Department of Transportation number to operate as motor carriers or freight brokers or forwarders must be tested to see if they understand federal regulations on those industries.

By Jonathan S. Reiskin
Associate News Editor

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