After weeks of speculation, the Supreme Court has finally refused to hear OOIDA’s ELD mandate case. This refusal effectively ends OOIDA’s court battle against the upcoming ELD mandate. In other words, after the Supreme Court’s rejection, OOIDA would not be able to pursue this case legally anymore.
As a result, the FMCSA ELD mandate is now all set to take into effect from December 18, 2017.
OOIDA stated that it was extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court didn’t see any merit in reviewing its case. OOIDA also added that they would continue pushing the Congress to repeal the ELD mandate. However, it is highly unlikely to work in OOIDA’s favor.
To catch you up with everything that has happened regarding OOIDA’s court battle against the FMCSA’s ELD mandate, following is a brief recap.
OOIDA (Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association) is a body of independent truckers in the United States with 157,000 active members. It has been attempting for more than an year to repeal the FMCSA led ELD mandate. According to OOIDA, the ELD mandate is against the constitution and is faulty and ambiguous. However, the courts don’t agree with any of the points that OOIDA presents in its arguments.
Here are the three major events that took place in the contest between OOIDA and the ELD mandate.
OOIDA made its first appeal against the ELD mandate with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in March last year.
The following objections were raised by OOIDA:
A three-panel judge heard the case and rejected OOIDA’s stance on the basis of insufficient and misinterpreted objections against the mandate. The judgment said, “ELD mandate is not arbitrary or capricious, nor does it violate the Fourth Amendment.”
OOIDA didn’t wobble after the first decision and applied for a rehearing in front of the full Seventh Circuit Court in September 2016. However, they got denied on October 31, 2016. You can follow the ruling here.
As a final attempt, OOIDA filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the ELD mandate case. However, last month, Supreme Court has also denied hearing OOIDA’s case, effectively ending OOIDA’s court challenge against the mandate and shutting doors to pursue its legal battle.
OOIDA still aims to repeal the ELD mandate via Congress, but it is highly unlikely to work in its favor, because the same members of Congress supported the FMCSA’s ELD mandate when it was published.
However, one thing is for certain.
The ELD mandate is all set to take effect from December 18, 2017. Before Supreme Court’s decision, fleets were speculating whether they should implement ELDs or not.
However, the latest decision by Supreme Court clear all the ambiguity. Now there is no reason why fleets should wait for the last moment to implement ELDs and risk their fleets’ operations.
As you must know, waiting for the last minute before implementing ELDs can have serious consequences. There won’t be enough time to properly research and find a capable ELD vendor. Secondly, drivers and fleet managers won’t have enough time to be properly trained. Most importantly, as the deadline grows closer, ELD vendors are likely to increase their prices. If you start the ELD implementation process now, you can lock-in contracts at much better prices.
The ELD mandate is less than 6 months away now. It’s high time to start implementing ELDs right away and give yourself ample time to get accustomed to it.