In favour of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it would not hear a lawsuit that challenges a ruling that requires truck operators to use an electronic logging device to track hours of service.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was behind the lawsuit and a member of legal counsel said the organization was disappointed that the Supreme Court did not review the case.
The association will continue to press the issue in Congress and with the Trump Administration.
The American Trucking Association is in agreement with the Supreme Court’s decision, saying it supports the FMCSA as it works toward the December deadline for electronic logging devices.
The OOIDA sought to have the mandate struck down in court, indicating ELDs violate a drivers constitutional rights and protections against warrantless searches and seizures, and that the rule did not meet the stipulations set for an ELD mandate.
The lawsuit was brought against the DOT in March 2016, and a three-judge panel on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case last September. The following month, it ruled in favour of the DOT, and dismissed the arguments of the case.
In April of this year, the OOIDA filed a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to take up the case. There will be no appeal, as the OOIDA decided not to challenge the court’s decision.