Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hall sent a letter to the FMCSA, asking "for a delay on the [Electronic Logging Device] mandate, citing the 'self-certification' provision in the current regulation that allows device manufacturers to claim their ELDs are compliant, without any government or third-party verification."
He wrote that "with no effective procedures seemingly yet developed to provide oversight over such self-certifying -- drivers and operators are left without any way of ascertaining which brands and models of devices ultimately will pass muster ... They must fly blindly into investing in products they are being required to purchase."
It is like ELD manufacturers are saying to professional truck drivers and trucking companies, "I self-certify that my product works as I say it will. Since the FMCSA isn't checking, you're the guinea pig. Ha ha!"
In light of that, I feel compelled to ask:
In what other industry besides trucking has the government ever mandated the purchase of a 'self-certification' product?
Note: This article -- which was originally written and published on December 3, 2017, by Vicki Simons -- was updated slightly in 2018.
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