Trucking, Safety Groups To Urge Congress To Pass S. 1813 CVSA EOBRs Improve Safety, Compliance, Help Law Enforcement Target Resources
WASHINGTON, DC… The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), along with the American Automobile Association, American Trucking Associations, and Carbon Express, Inc., sent a message to Congress urging their support in adopting the Senate language in section 32301 of S. 1813 as part of the conference agreement on the transportation reauthorization bill. Trucking, safety, and law enforcement interests are united in their support of an Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) requirement because of the positive impacts EOBRs have on safety, compliance with hours of service regulations (i.e., how long a truck driver may legally be on duty and behind the wheel), and efficiency.
“Hours of service compliance is far and away our largest driver-related safety challenge,” said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s executive director. “Overall, CVSA strongly believes that EOBRs help to improve compliance, expand the enforcement footprint and increase its efficiency, as well as to help mitigate the falsification of logbooks thereby allowing it to contact more carriers and helping to level the playing field – ultimately improving compliance and safety. This in turn affects how enforcement targets their resources with respect to carriers and drivers.”
EOBRs have been shown by many fleets that have already adopted them to significantly increase their compliance rates AND increase their safety performance. In addition, fleets adopting EOBRs have seen positive returns on their investment with respect to impacting their CSA scores.
A video message was included in the communication to members of Congress. That message can be viewed here.
CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The Alliance actively monitors, evaluates, and identifies solutions to potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures related to driver and vehicle safety requirements most often associated with commercial motor vehicle crashes. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA, visit www.cvsa.org.