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Max Kvidera | February 01, 2011

1988 — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration first allowed use of automatic onboard recording devices to track commercial drivers’ hours of service.

1990 — NTSB recommended FHWA to mandate use of onboard recorders, repeating the recommendation in subsequent years.

2007 — FMCSA proposes EOBR mandate for carriers with serious noncompliance problems.

2012 — FMCSA’s 2007 rule to take effect.

What drivers say

“I was wondering if I was going to be handcuffed or restricted. There’s a learning process in the beginning. Once you get used to it and see the simplicity of it and ease of use, you become almost spoiled. It makes it so easy. In the van truckload long-haul that I do, I find there is very little restriction it puts on me. It will make you look ahead more, which is good.”

— Sam Mobley, owner-operator, leased to Schneider National

“The biggest benefit is it keeps everybody honest. It saves me a lot of time and my miles have jumped up. Before an EOBR I was averaging 2,700-2,800 miles weekly. When they first put in my unit, I went above 3,000 miles. I am saving 7-8 minutes here and there with the electronic log. At the end of the week, it was saving me four to five hours, plus the convenience of it is a big factor.”

— Stephen Adams, company driver for May Trucking and a trucker since 2006

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