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New electronic logging rules to impact semi drivers

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Semi-truck drivers across the country are hoping the federal government will put the brakes on regulation they say is too restrictive.

The electronic logging device, known as the ELD, rule requires all semi drivers to have a device in their trucks tracking location, speed and time on the road.

The idea is to keep drivers from driving too long without breaks and make roads safer.

But drivers who are critical of the rule said it’s too restrictive on small truck businesses and can also affect the consumer.

“Our issue with it is it infringes on our fourth and fifth amendment rights, fourth amendment involves illegal search and seizure and fifth amendment right, you don’t want to self incriminate, " said Tommy Belmer, semi driver from Evansdale.

He's encouraging people across the country, whether they are drivers or not, to get involved because he says the ELD rule could affect consumers, too.

"Start calling your lawmakers to stop this because it is going to affect your way of life, your groceries [and] your goods are going to rise in cost because there is stuff that’s just not going to get delivered.”

There are some agriculture exemptions already in place and Senator Chuck Grassley is calling for a one-year delay for livestock transport until industry needs are addressed.

Drivers all across the country, including in Des Moines and Centerville, had ELD protests on Monday. The legislation is slated to take effect on December 18.

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