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March 12, 2011 1:27 pm

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 »

…service, shippers whims, inspections in every state we pass through (sometimes twice or three times in the same state) long lines at weigh scales, speed limits, mandatory stops, etc, etc.
Why don’t you just make it illegal to be an American Trucker and then we can go do something else and you can let all those wonderful Mexican trucks come into the US and operate so safely.
I am already contemplating getting out of trucking because all I can afford is a million mile truck and all I get paid is usually just enough to pay my bills. If the fuel goes up in price, like it did last week 18 cents in one week, my fuel surcharge takes 3 or 4 weeks to show up and if fuel goes down my fuel surcharge drops immediately.
I’ve done this 44 years and I’ve never known anything but getting screwed by every entity that I have to work with.
It appears to me that the US government wants American trucking to cease operating and be taken over by foreign interests that will work much cheaper and be much less safe.
I’m old enough to not care anymore. If that’s what you want, I hope you choke on it. « less
March 13, 2011 2:43 pm

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 »

…to law enforcement that I only worked 10 or 11 hours that day. Slick!!! Now my boss can make me work 20 hours a day and only 10 or 11 hours will show on the EOBR. Just what I needed.
When are you rocket scientist’s going to figure out that you can’t make a 24 hour surveillance device that can track what a trucker does.
The problem is not with the drivers, it is with the company’s that demand a driver put in unreasonable amounts of hours to keep their job or business.
Make the companies PAY THE DRIVERS FOR DELAYS THE COMPANY’S CAUSE. Do that one little thing, and you will find most every driver will quit trying to “catch up” for all the delays that have been forced on them without pay and gladly only put in a 10 or 11 hour day. But I suppose that is way to common sense for all you “never even had your ass in a truck seat” bureaucrats up there in Washington to comprehend.
Why don’t you come up with a mandatory 24/7 personal camera/recording/GPS device that costs each DRIVER $1,000,000.00 and monitor every second of his life. George Orwell would be proud of that. Or better yet, thinking like Obama on job creation. If you hired a personal cop to be assigned to every truck driver 24/7, think of how many great jobs that would create. I think that alone would end our recession. That would create so many jobs that you could eliminate the unemployment bureaus all around the country and all of the unemployment payments. That would save a ton of money and probably bail us out of this recession.
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March 13, 2011 2:47 pm

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.

March 17, 2011 8:02 pm

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?

March 12, 2011 4:55 pm

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.

March 17, 2011 8:03 pm

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?

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