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I think if we are forced to go to EOBR’s that the whole HOS should be looked at so that drivers will have more flexibility in their daily work. there are too many variables in trucking and by forcing drivers to adhere to the rules , there will be a reduction in productivity and would have a negative affect on a fragile economy
I operate 2 trucks under my own authority and to incur these expenses along with the lack of flexibility in the current HOS would probably force me to discontinue my operation.
I do not believe EOBR’s are any more necessary for CMV than they would be for cars. I have not seen any evidence that trucks cause any more accidents than cars. If we are serious about safety EOBR’s should be mandatory on all vehicles. As far as productivity is concerned, a lot of products in america are moved with little notice and require trucks at a moments notice as opposed to freight that ships on a continual basis. I think this is what sets America apart from other countries because we can ship anything, anywhere very quickly. many times to move this type of freight quickly you can’t comply with the current HOS but that doesn’t mean you are endangering other people on the road. EOBR’s will have no affect on a large part of the industry but have a huge affect on a smaller part of the industry. FMCSA will have to weigh the cost/benefit.
I do not think there is any way to accurately account for all the possibilities that can occur in trucking and assign a cost to it. so to say that the benefits are greater than the cost are just a way to justify more regulations. The country is currently rejecting excess regulations through the Congress and my thinking is the FMCSA has to get these laws passed quickly while they can.The main factor i have against these regulations is the assumption that you are guilty and it is up to FMCSA to catch you violating a rule. Why can we not assume drivers are just trying to perform a job to the best of their abilities. I still contend that the industry does not need these regulations!
Thank you for your comment, Brian! It seems like you may have some knowledge or experience in this industry. Could you explain why or how, in your opinion, requiring EOBRs could restrict drivers’ flexibility and productivity? Do you think that EOBRs should be required at all?
FMCSA has done a significant amount of cost/benefit analysis which you can find under the section “What will this cost?” on this website. Do you think FMCSA’s analysis fully addresses your concern about shipping flexibility? Can you think of better ways for FMCSA to help small trucking companies use EOBRs without undermining flexibility?