The association stipulates before the agency can require recorder use, it must address issues that include:
- Statutory protections to carriers on the control, ownership and admissibility and discoverability of EOBR data and to assure drivers’ privacy rights
- That drivers are held responsible for operating EOBRs in compliance with regulations
- Providing tax incentives for EOBR use
- Any EOBR requirement should be made simultaneously applicable to all vehicles of the affected population of motor carriers
- That carriers using compliant EOBRs be relieved of the burden of retaining supporting documents for HOS compliance and enforcement purposes.
The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association does not support making EOBR mandatory, said Rick Craig, OOIDA director of regulatory affairs. Recorder technology varies, but will not necessarily ensure HOS compliance, he said.
FMCSA agency administrator Annette Sandberg said she expected to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on EOBR in early 2006.
In 2004, the agency announced an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and has continued review of feedback on the issue and analysis of cost and benefits.
The National Private Truck Council had said it expects that use of EOBRs will become common industry practice in the long-haul segment of the industry, but it had concerns about the possibility of mandatory EOBR use industrywide.
Volvo Announces New Engine Family for 2007
Volvo Trucks North America will launch a new family of diesel engines for 2007 to meet stricter emission standards. The new platform will include 11- and 13-liter models, as well as the 16-liter Volvo D16 introduced earlier this year.
Volvo made the announcement in Boston during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in October. The company promised to provide greater details about the engines in the first quarter of 2006.
“These new engines are designed to surpass the excellent record of the Volvo D12, while also giving our customers the ability to fine-tune their engine choice, based on their application and other requirements,” said Peter Karlsten, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks North America.
Karlsten said Volvo will continue to offer customers the option of Cummins ISX engines. Currently, about 60 percent of Volvo’s truck customers spec Volvo engines, 40 percent Cummins engines.
He added that the new Volvo engines are designed with both 2007 and 2010 emissions standards in mind. As previously announced, Volvo will meet federal emissions standards for 2007 with high-performance exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter. Whether to use EGR technology in 2010 is still being explored, Karlsten said.