The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is calling on members of the upcoming conference committee on the surface transportation bill to support a proposal which requires carriers to install electronic logging devices to ensure drivers’ compliance with hours of service rules.
“We urge conferees in both bodies to adopt the Senate’s requirement for carriers to use electronic logging devices to monitor drivers’ hours-of-service compliance,” ATA president and CEO Bill Graves said. “Clearly, these devices lead to greater compliance with maximum driving limits – which is very good for the trucking industry as a whole and highway safety.”
The ATA says the technology improves compliance with HoS rules, safety and operating efficiency.
“Many logging devices, or electronic on-board recorders, have additional functions that aid in managing fuel use, routes and other aspects of fleet operations – reducing fuel consumption and making carriers more efficient and environmentally responsible,” Graves said. “In addition, research shows that drivers at fleets using electronic logging devices report improved morale.”
In Canada, transport officials are preparing a regulatory framework for EOBRs.
Earlier this year, the Canadian Trucking Alliance successfully launched a web/phone/text-based campaign to support EOBRs in Canada.
Carriers and drivers alike were urged to send a letter to federal MPs explaining the benefits of electronic logging devices and dispelling many of the myths associated with them as well.