WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2014.
Many of our member companies have already installed ELDs in their fleets and enjoy the benefits of the technology including enhanced recordkeeping and other fleet management tools. However, even though Congress required that FMCSA mandate the use of ELDs in the July 2012 highway reauthorization law, the industry’s opposition to the proposed rule centers on the fact that the existing paper log system allows motor carriers to comply with current hours of service regulations, and there is no reason to believe that electronic systems will substantially improve highway safety. In addition, the mandatory use of electronic systems adds an unnecessary expense to the costs of fleet operations.
The comments were prepared by the JointPoultry Industry Human Resources Council, which is made up of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products, and their members generate more than 1.3 million total U.S. jobs.
About U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Ga.
About the National Chicken Council
The National Chicken Council (NCC) represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens. Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.
About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the $14 billion turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members’ products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products.