GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has spoken out against today’s announcement that the US Department of Transportation would be moving to mandate electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced this morning that it would be introducing legislation that would require all interstate motor carriers to track driver hours of service using EOBRs.
“EOBRs are nothing more than over-priced record keepers,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice-president of OOIDA. “This proposal is actually another example of the administration’s determination to wipe out small businesses by continuing to crank out overly burdensome regulations that simply run up costs.”
OOIDA contends EOBRs cannot accurately and automatically record a driver’s hours of work and duty cycle. Since they require human input, OOIDA argues the devices cannot accurately detect the actual duty cycle of drivers during loading and unloading times.
OOIDA is also worried carriers will use mis-use EOBRs by keeping close tabs on them and pressuring them to return to work while resting.
“Companies can and do use technology to harass drivers by interrupting rest periods,” Spencer insisted. “They can contact the driver and put on pressure to get back on the road to get the most of his or her on-duty time. This mandate would be a step backward in the effort to make highways safer.”
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