Trucking Industry Urges Congress to Mandate EOBRs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is urging Congress to support a transportation reauthorization bill that would mandate the installation of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) on all carriers. The American Automobile Association, American Trucking Associations and Carbon Express, Inc. are also encouraging the installation of EOBRs to better regulate the number of hours drivers spend on the roads.

Those in support of the measure say the technology will have a positive impact on highway safety and driver efficiency. The devices are also expected to boost compliance with service hour regulations. Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s executive director says the EOBRs will also “help mitigate the falsification of logbooks thereby allowing [CVSA] to contact more carriers and [help] to level the playing field.”

These technological devices have already been proven to significantly increase compliance rates across several organizations and increase a driver’s safety performance. Trucking fleets that have already implemented EOBRs also report seeing positive returns on their investments with respect to their CSA scores.

Some critics say the new devices are an invasion of privacy, but Keppler says the EOBRs just collect information that’s already required and “[convert] it from paper to electronic.”

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