ATA urges highway bill conferees to support EOBR mandate

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Updated Apr 26, 2012

The American Trucking Associations President on Wednesday, April 25, called on members of the upcoming conference committee on the surface transportation bill to require motor carriers to use electronic logging devices to promote drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service driving limits.

“We urge conferees in both bodies to adopt the Senate’s requirement for carriers to use electronic logging devices,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “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.”

Graves said ATA supports an electronic logging mandate, based on feedback from member carriers who find the technology improves compliance, safety and operating efficiency.

“Many logging devices, or electronic onboard 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.”