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It is my understanding that I will have to pay for the EOBR that would go in my truck. $2255.00 for the first year. It is also my understanding that all of us American truckers will be paying for all of the Mexican truck’s EOBR’s because Obama has mandated it to be so. Now, in addition to me paying for my truck and the Mexican trucks, they will come up here burning cheaper fuel and charging cheaper rates and competing against me in an unfair way (mainly because the US Government is subsidizing them)and I am supposed to be supportive of this.
I have a suggestion. Why don’t you make it a rule that it is illegal to be an American trucker. We already are penalized by having to sit for hours at shippers without pay. We are paid by the mile but our miles are limited by hours of… more »
I would like to know exactly how I would be using an EOBR to take my truck the 23 miles I take it every month to get it serviced? Would this be recorded as Off Duty, Sleeper, Driving or On duty but not driving?
I don’t think I can figure that out given the four area’s I’m allowed to record and if it is automatically recorded for me, how will law enforcement distinguish it as being any of the four categories?
How about this. When I work 5 hours BEFORE I start driving because that is what is necessary to keep my job and then I drive 10 or 11 hours following, how will law enforcement know I worked that 5 hours before I started driving. Or, when I get done driving, I work another 5 hours making my day a 20 hour day. As long as I don’t enter that into the EOBR, it will appear… more »
Who do you think pays for idiot legislation like EOBR’s. As Rush always says, “Follow the Money”. Look to see who is sponsoring this legislation and that will answer the questions about “only big company’s can afford to install EOBR’s. Big companies are paying for this legislation precisely so they can run small business truckers out of business, because we can haul it cheaper.
Do you have any ideas about how these devices can be made more cost-effective for smaller truckers? For example, do you have suggestions for an exception that FMCSA could make for these smaller truckers? Or do you have ideas about ways in which the rule can be changed to make it more affordable for everyone?
You bring up a lot of points about how difficult and expensive it is to be an American trucker. If you have specific comments about how requiring EOBRs will affect truckers like you, you can make them here and FMCSA will consider your concerns.
Your other general points about the trucking industry, and your comments about the Mexican trucking subsidies, are not part of this proposed rule. However, you may want to contact your local representative to let them know how you feel. You can write to your representative here.
You make a good point about the categories of recording time. Should the EOBRs include more categories for recording time, and if so, what categories would you suggest? You also make a good point about time that is not recorded in the EOBR itself. How can the proposed rule be changed to make sure that all the time you worked is properly taken into account?