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Black Smoke Matters: Drivers push for better wages and working conditions post ELD

Truckers are not too happy lately and in the wake of ELD mandates. Many are now organizing politically in order to express their displeasure. Recently a driver’s Facebook group named Black Smoke Matters (BSM) attempted to stage an industry-wide protest April 12, agitating for a shutdown and a call to action for drivers’ to demonstrate what their absence would mean to the country.

Not necessarily a national movement … yet

According FreightWaves.com the Facebook group has more than 26,000 members, but only about 60 participated in slow-roll convoys in Chicago, Springfield, Missouri, and a Manhattan borough of New York City.

Intending to protest working conditions and federal regulations affecting the trucking industry, BMS released its list of demands for the April Shutdown last January. Calling for a massive overhaul of government regulations, the group seeking remedies and action on hours of service (HoS) reform, training, safety standards for all drivers and the need for available parking.

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