Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to ELD mandate

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Updated Jun 14, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday, June 12, said it will not hear a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices on most trucks, leaving in place the Dec. 18 deadline for their installation.

The suit was brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and two owner/operators, Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod. They claimed the mandate violated drivers’ Constitutional protections against warrantless searches and seizures and that the rule did not meet Congressional stipulations set for an ELD mandate.

The justices conferred on OOIDA’s appeal Thursday, June 8. Its decision issued June 12 effectively ends OOIDA’s court challenge.

OOIDA brought the lawsuit in March 2016 against the DOT the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A three judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case last September, and ruled against the OOIDA. The OOIDA asked for a rehearing by all of the court’s 13 judges, and that appeal was denied.

In April, OOIDA asked the Supreme Court to take up the case,and that request was denied today.