A coalition of eight commercial safety advocacy organizations has written to Senate and House negotiators urging adoption of a particular Senate proposal.
The issue of Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) for trucks has divided the trucking industry, as we wrote about recently in “Trucking Provision In Transportation Bill Divides Industry“.
The coalitions notes that in 2010-2011
“the National Transportation Safety Board included this recommendation [about EOBRs] on the agency’s “Most Wanted List” of transportation safety improvements. Currently, EOBRs are required in all European Union countries as well as numerous countries in South America and Asia.
Contrary to the claim that EOBRs are an overly burdensome cost to some businesses, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has estimated the annualized cost to be between $525 and $785 per truck over a 10-year period. This is a reasonable cost to help improve compliance with and enforcement of important truck safety rules.”
The letter is signed by eight organization include the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, American Trucking Associations, and the Truckload Carriers Association. Here’s the letter: