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ATA expresses concerns about EOBR supporting doc requirements

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reaffirmed its support for electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track driver hours-of-service, but said it has "serious concerns" about the supporting documents component of the US...


ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reaffirmed its support for electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track driver hours-of-service, but said it has “serious concerns” about the supporting documents component of the US proposal.

The ATA said the FMCSA’s supporting documents requirements do not meet the requirements set out by Congress.

“ATA supports FMCSA’s proposal to mandate electronic logging devices,” ATA said in comments filed May 23. “However, the agency must address some of the device design and performance specifications which are critical to the success of such a mandate.”

The ATA wants to see: a more secure driver identification and authentication process; and improved standards to ensure the devices are not prone to tampering or fraud.

“FMCSA’s proposal to require carriers retain a document (or documents collectively) to verify the beginning and end of each on-duty/not driving time period is unrealistic. Available documents typically lack such precision,” ATA said. “The agency’s suggestion that carriers certify that such documents don’t routinely exist would place those carriers at great risk.”

The agency had proposed that carriers make such certifications, but that they also be automatically subject to the maximum civil penalty if found to have made a false certification.

ATA added in its comments that it had “a number of serious concerns” about the supporting documents portion of FMCSA’s proposal.

“The agency should establish a finite list of documents that carriers must maintain and declare that those that do so will be deemed to be in compliance,” ATA told the agency.


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