The National Ground Water Association joined more than 30 organizations at the National Press Club on September 27 in Washington, D.C., speaking out against the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which is slated to take effect on December 18, 2017. NGWA has been working with allies and Congress to delay the mandate by two years.
The press conference served to draw national attention to the issue “beyond the beltway” and featured speakers from trucking and agriculture groups, in addition to NGWA Government Affairs Director Lauren Schapker (pictured). The mandate could increase the cost of business for those NGWA members operating fleets of vehicles.
Water well system professionals are also asked to take action on this issue and send a letter to their member of Congress, asking him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017 that would extend the deadline to comply with the mandate by two years.
With pressure on Congress to act on delaying the mandate, the press conference served as a way to also engage national media on the issue.