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ATA urges Congress to support EOBR mandate in highway bill

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

The Trucker News Services

4/25/2012

ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves  on Wedensday called on members of the upcoming conference committee on the surface transportation bill “to do the right thing” for driver and highway safety and require motor carriers 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 to monitor drivers’ hours-of-service compliance,” 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.”

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

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“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.”

Congress should require all large trucks be equipped with an electronic logging device and, by doing so, stand with law enforcement officials and the vast majority in the trucking industry who want to further improve trucking’s compliance and safety record, ATA concluded.

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