In our April 8th post I provided information about the benefits of automating Hours-of-Service (HOS). On January 31, 2011 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regulatory proposal that would require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to install Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) to monitor their drivers’ HOS compliance.
EOBRs are devices attached to commercial vehicles that automatically record the number of hours drivers spend operating the vehicle. HOS regulates the number of hours an operator can drive after a set period of rest in a 7 or 8 day period and it is estimated that HOS logs are the third-highest paperwork burden of all Federal Highway Administration regulations. Under the proposed ruling interstate carriers that currently use Records of Duty logbooks to document drivers’ HOS would be required to use EOBRs.
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