WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has issued a call to members of the upcoming conference committee on the surface transportation bill, to support a proposal to mandate electronic logging devices (or electronic on-board recorders) to ensure compliance with hours-of-service rules.
This, after the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) labeled the proposed law “burdensome” and “expensive.”
“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 its member carriers have found the technology improves compliance, 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.”
The ATA said Congress should require all large trucks to be equipped with an electronic logging device to further improve trucking’s compliance and safety record.