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I am all for being able to track our drivers but why are we limited to just EOBR’s with the specific guideline when there are so many more options available? The guideline needs to be opened up a little more so that we can include cell phone tracking/management systems. I believe that as long as the driver is able to provide his HOS in the proper format on his cell phone or GPS PDA and the company has access to the same information at the Home Terminal then we should have that option…instead of having all of the upfront cost on buying another accessory to add to our trucks that may “break” down and we have to send that unit off to get it repaired…does that truck just have to be put “out of service” until the unit comes back in? I would assume that we… more »
I think cell phones could handle most of what the FMCSA requires. I think the current specifications need to be more open. I propose that we use cell phones with apps that can report the requirements that the FMCSA requires. Applications have really come along way so I feel that they would be able to record what the FMCSA really needs.
You can see the current specifications for what EOBRs must be able to do here. Do you think cell phones could handle it? If not, is there more in the specifications than FMCSA really needs?
The 395.15 and 395.16 component to the regulation require engine connectivity which most cell phone applications do not have. There are exceptions, such as Xata Turnpike which uses an application on the handset paired with a device (Route Tracker) tied to the engine.