The trucking industry is going through a technology revolution and the new FMCSA Hours of Service (HOS) rules take effect soon. Are you ready? Do you have a plan in place to implement new FMCSA rules across your entire fleet? Do you have a way to educate drivers on how the new rules might affect them? Do you have a process to streamline your compliance management?
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Evan Lockridge, host of the Lockridge Report on Sirius Radio 106, about the recent Highway Funding Bill and regulations related to the implementation of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs). Evan and I spoke with his listeners about the future of EOBRs, technical challenges faced when transitioning from paper logs to EOBRs and hours of service (HOS) compliance, among other topics. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:
Part of the fun of technology is getting a new vocabulary of acronyms. The latest for automated driver logs is ELDs – or electronic logging devices. According to some reports, ELDs are not only better than Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs), but they cost less. That’s progress! This does raise a question, though: Where do these terms come from? I did some research, and the number of terms that may also apply to ELD and EOBR type devices is more than you might expect.