Despite what proponents of a Congressional mandate requiring electronic on-board recorders claim in a recently-produced video aimed at lawmakers, no proof exists that EOBRs will improve a truck driver’s compliance with Hours of Service regulations. It also doesn’t do a good job of providing proof that EOBRs will reduce fatigue and improve highway safety, says the president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
In a June 18 letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, OOIDA President Jim Johnston said proponents of EOBRs also fail to make the connection between mandating EOBRs and truly improving highway safety.
The video, produced by the American Trucking Associations, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the American Automobile Association, implores Congress to force the entire trucking industry to purchase and employ EOBRs on commercial motor vehicles, Johnston noted in his letter. The OOIDA feels that this is unacceptable.