(April 27, 2012) -- 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
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.
In fact, carriers and drivers can still show their support