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Todd Dills

10 benefits of EOBRs

| June 30, 2012

Today, following yesterday’s post relative to the problems E.F. McHenry noted with electronic on-board recorder use for hours of service tracking, the folks from Xata, maker of one of the more low-cost EOBR solutions on the market, offered up a list of 10 benefits of the devices. It originally appeared under the head “10 Great Reasons Why EOBRs Are a Trucker’s Best Friend” over on the company blog here.

Following find a distillation of their 10 reasons. Follow this link for the full post. Xata’s EOBR solution pairs the pictured black box, connected to the truck ECM, with a logging app on an operator’s smartphone or tablet. You can find Xata on Facebook here.

1. More miles on the road means more dollars in your pocket
Paper log systems require “rounding up to the nearest 15 minutes,” but that increment “is reduced to the nearest minute on elogs…. For many drivers, that single factor can translate to an additional 5-10 hours of driving time each week.”

2. Zip through roadside inspections with EOBRs
“EOBRs enable an enforcement officer to quickly see potential violations in a driver log, including 11 hour driving violations, 14 hour on-duty violations and 60/70 hour violations without flipping through pages of a logbook,” translating to more drive time, less hassle.

I’ve heard of drivers actually putting “elog” stickers — one even going so far as to have it painted on his driver-side door — on their trucks to avoid the delay of a log-book check.

3. Operating paperless and headache-free
“All drivers have to do is make sure they’re logged into their EOBR and let it roll. No more paper logs or trip sheets, and never record your mileage at a state line crossing again.”

4. Error-free logs keep you out of the doghouse
“Since e-logs, e-DVIRs, and IFTA fuel tax reporting are automated, you can be sure your paperwork will be free of form and grammar errors, hours will be correctly totaled and logs will always be signed.”

5. Audible alerts help you stay hours-of-service compliant
“As their clock begins to wind down for the day, notifications remind them that it’s time to pull over…while there’s still time to pull over somewhere safe.”

6. Protect your personal assets and professional reputation with an EOBR
Xata believes could help drivers prove fault in an accident. “Black boxes accurately capture driver and vehicle behavior immediately before, during and after an accident. That means carriers have a simple way to reconstruct accidents and defend against lawsuits where crashes were caused by other drivers.” And further, “EOBRs can also protect a driver’s reputation from accusations of stolen freight. When cargo goes missing and carriers can prove their tractors were nowhere near the scene of the crime, they can substantiate their driver’s innocence with hard data.”

7. Increased visibility means the home office can work harder for you
“EOBR asset tracking … means carriers can counter claims from shippers and receivers that drivers were delayed, when they were, in fact, waiting at the location and it was the warehouse personnel that weren’t ready to load cargo.” Likewise, if you’re leased, Xata says, scheduling with dispatch is easier given truck location visibility.

8. Interoperability of working with other fleets means more opportunity
“An electronic system can help an owner-operator become more profitable, making it easier to move them from run to run based on their remaining available hours of service. Dispatchers can clearly see the hours remaining to help best plan for a safe load.”

9. Roadside assistance when you need it
“With EOBRs, dispatchers can quickly identify a trucker’s location and get them back on the right road or help direct a nearby tow truck to service the rig.”

10. Mobile applications give you more functionality on the road
“A mobile device running Xata Turnpike alongside other applications like ALK’s CoPilot Truck and email can give truckers the tools they need to operate when away from home. They also provide an easy way to stay in touch with family and friends, and many smartphones and tablets provide countless entertainment options.”

  • Don Lanier

    Ten Good Reasons I dont need a EOBR…
    1- I can do a paper log in less time
    2- I can round up to the Minute BUT WHY
    3- Paper Logs are far cheaper
    4- EOBRS are expensive and it can break
    5- If the scale Inspector cant figure out my paper log hes a FAIL anyway.
    6- Electronic devices can be manipulated
    7- So the object is to make SURE we drive MORE with the ADDED minutes those dispatchers find.
    8- Ive got a Laptop and a Smart phone, GPS and dont need more E Devices.
    9- EOBRS can be used to make drivers move even when there tired.
    10- EOBRS are an un-necessary and burdensome device.

  • Dan

    1.I bet you cant do your paperlog faster
    2.more minutes=more miles thats why
    3.cheaper in the short term but over a career not counting tickets for log violations its still more expensive first install its expensive but its a one time cost and no more log violation tickets
    5.noone said the inspector couldnt figure out s paperlog
    6.they arent able to be manipulated without a obvious trail,unlike your paperlog which is very easy to manipulate

    7.i prefer more miles,it means more money
    8.if you have all that whats one more device to make your life easier?
    9.I have yet to see a truck move without a driver and that driver hopefully can think for himself ’nuff said
    10.unnecessary? If thats the case then we dont need paperlogs either. Burdensome? Less so than your old paperlog!

    Im a o/o leased to a flatbed carrier who has used Elogs over a year now and I wouldnt go back to paper if they offeted so long as elogs was still available. Its made my logging faster,easier and more accurate. Our rates have went up and detention time cut almost to nothing as customers are now given a very accurate report of how long we were at their docks and charged accordingly. Amazing how the threat of actually having to pay detention can motivate a customer to be quicker.

  • Don Lanier

    If you do your Paper log the way the law dictates its done each time yopu make a dutys status change, you dont wait all day…why do I need a DEVICE

    More Minutes, SO now I cant stop where I choose, I need to drive to the very last minute making sure the COMPANY gets every mile, but now im sitting on an exit ramp instead of at a truck stop.

    Ive never had a ticket for a log violation, EVER I dont need a DEVICE to make that happen.

    I dont need the expense Id rather buy new Steer tires then some E Logger tires make me safe, what does this do.

    EOBRS are electronic they can and will be manipulated, HACKED or manipulated this will happen, when a few more MINUTES are desired, just add them…

    If I cant make enough money running 700 miles a day, Ill find another job, MORE miles than that are exactly what these companies want.

    “ONE MORE DEVICE” that tells me when to park or when to drive I think not.

    If you have an EOBR youll move that truck when they say to or lose your job, youll park when it says PARK, and thats exactly my point if the drivers Skill and decision making is circumvented then hire MONKEYS.

    ELOGS are one thing they arent EOBRS, I use a ELOG off my laptop, it doesnt say youve got 14 more minutes of drive time today keep moving, or it 3 am your restart is over start driving, I and Im sure many many others will not approve of the technology or the way its used.
    When they BEEP the qualcomm to wake you, or message you, The EOBR will be used to Prod you , move you and stop you when they see fit.

  • Alex

    I’ve used e-logs for over a year now and I wouldn’t go back to paper. It’s much faster and my company has never asked to run to the very last minute. I’ve noticed that all the people I’ve talked to that don’t want the eobr are the ones who have something to hide. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.