During Vision 2012, we sat down with Annette Sandberg, former FMCSA administrator and CEO & principal of TranSafe Consulting (double-check titles) to get her perspective on the EOBR mandate. Take a look at the video to hear what she told us about:
The use of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) has grown significantly in the past few years. They have proven to be very effective tools for hours of service (HOS) compliance management. Carriers using EOBRs have realized superior ratings for HOS compliance in the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program’s safety measure system. There are, however, some naysayers and skeptics that based on misperceptions have argued against the use of EOBRs. The actual experience of the industry, though, suggests that these are just “EOBR myths” and looking at EOBR related facts and industry’s experience (outlined below) clearly demonstrate the usefulness of these systems.
As the understanding and awareness of the dangers of distracted driving have increased, several states have enacted laws that prohibit the use of cell phones and texting while driving. Congress is working to enact legislation that will mandate that states pass anti-texting legislation and/or reward those that do. A movement is underway to impose texting bans and cell phone restrictions nationwide, just as all states now have seatbelt-use and DUI laws. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation has already expressed interest in establishing a regulation that restricts texting and mobile communications in commercial vehicles. The two regulations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued to address distracted driving include:
On June 29, the U.S. Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill. This bill includes an amendment that requires electronic driver logs to be used by all those drivers currently subject to regulation requiring paper logs. This action by Congress sets a timeline, scope, system requirements, and other considerations to achieve the mandate.
One of the biggest challenges facing the trucking industry today is how to handle driver distraction. As drivers rely more on cell phones, text messaging, and navigation systems, they are more easily distracted, putting themselves, their cargo, and other drivers in danger. On one hand, modern fleet management technology has certainly helped truck drivers with accurate hours, safe routes, efficiency, and instant information. However, when that hand belongs to the driver who is not using technology safely, it can pose problems.
Electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) for driver logs are now widely used by carriers and their drivers, delivering excellent compliance results. These systems’ designs have advanced to provide an easier user experience with effective controls that record and report driver hours of service (HOS) compliance. Not familiar with EOBRs? No worries! I’ve outlined below some of the basics of how this is being accomplished to help answer a few questions you may have.
As you likely already know, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in conjunction with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will conduct the annual Roadcheck program June 5-7, 2012. Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in late March 2012 that it’s implementing a series of changes to its safety measurement system (SMS). The SMS data is a key component of FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program, as it identifies carriers’ relative performance in a number of safety measurement categories. The biggest modification to SMS is a new change management program that will include on-going adjustments to the SMS measures.
I’d like to invite you all to join me and my collegues, Laina Smith and Wil Wertz, at the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association’s Annual Management Conference, May 3-6th. I will be speaking at the event on Friday, May 4th about the advantages of Electronic On-Board Recorders.
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a webinar to discuss with fleets from across the country the latest FMCSA regulations and programs and how trucking companies’ business operations have been impacted. In addition to sharing timely, relevant information about what’s going on in the regulatory arena, we also heard first hand from fleets, including Cargo Transporters and Florida Rock & Tank Lines, about some of the ways their businesses are affected by CSA, HOS rules, and more.