Letters: EOBR ‘Opinion,’ CSA Scores, HOS Rules
These Letters to the Editor appear in the Jan. 14 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
I read with extreme interest the op-ed “FMCSA Must Move Forward on E-Logging Rule” by Bill Graves, president of American Trucking Associations (“FMCSA Must Move Forward on E-Logging Rule,” 12-3, p. 5).
I am a company driver who uses electronic onboard recorders, and they are not what they are cracked up to be. Personal experience tells me they are just like paper logs; drivers must enter the information, whether they use a keyboard or pencil. And again, just like paper logs, EOBRs have no way of determining if you are loading or unloading.
As you know, drivers are required to show all time spent waiting for loading and unloading as on-duty time. This is required whether the driver is getting paid or not.
As a driver, I want to be paid for the time I am working, whether it is driving, loading or unloading. If I am not paid for “all” my time, I would say that this is tantamount to stealing from me.
Pay drivers for all their time. This includes “all” time — driving, loading and unloading. By paying drivers for all their time, the so-called driver shortage could disappear.
I find it interesting that in Bill Graves’ op-ed of Dec. 3 electric onboard recorders weren’t mentioned — only electronic logging. Has he softened somewhat on mandated EOBRs?
We know that the Truckload Carriers Association was initially opposed to mandated EOBRs but changed its position to favor electronic logging devices. Is this just semantics, or is there a perceived difference between ELDs and EOBRs?
There are two very difficult requirements put forth in Congress’ mandate to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding EOBRs. The first is that they require FMCSA to ensure that the final program cannot be used to harass drivers. This was the basis for the court to strike down EOBRs in their case with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. How can an EOBR be designed to satisfy this issue?
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