Truck drivers despise a new law that makes everything from groceries to Amazon Prime more expensive - but it's probably here to stay
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- The trucking industry has been going through an upheaval since the implementation of the electronic logging device mandate in December.
- The ELD mandate limits how much truck drivers can drive and when: They cannot drive for more than 11 hours during a 14-hour period.
- Many truck drivers have told Business Insider that they hate the law.
- The ELD mandate has also made products more expensive for regular consumers.
At the end of 2017, Dalton Jackson's job suddenly became unbearable.
"Everything got worse due to the ELD law enforcement in December," Jackson, who lives in Chestertown, Maryland, told Business Insider in May.
The 57-year-old has been trucking for 18 years. He's one of many long-haul truckers who have told Business Insider that the electronic logging device mandate has made their jobs hauling freight more dangerous and has negatively affected their pay in 2018.
While America's 1.8 million tractor-trailer truck drivers are quite aware of what ELDs are, few consumers understand how the ELD mandate has affected their own lives this year.
Here are some common questions about the safety law, and how it's played out for drivers, industry leaders, and typical consumers: