Overdrive Extra

James Jaillet

Tell FMCSA how you feel about EOBRs

| April 02, 2012

As reported this morning, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has planned another listening session to gather commentary on electronic onboard recorders and their potential to be used as a tool for carriers to harass drivers.

At a similar listening session held last month in Louisville at the Mid-America Trucking Show, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro started the four-hour session (broken into two parts by an hour-long break) by posing questions to drivers about how EOBRs could be used to harass drivers, if they had experienced harassment via a recorder and how harassment could be prevented.

Several drivers turned out to voice their opinions (see one example here), and all comments were recorded, transcribed and placed on the docket to be used at the Administration’s next policy-making meeting on the subject.

Editorial Director Max Heine and I caught much of the hearing in Louisville, and drivers were not only welcomed but encouraged to step up to the mic and let the panel of FMCSA administrators know how they feel.

With the Bellevue, Wash., session looming later this month, there’s another chance to have your voice on record. If you can’t make the session in person, FMCSA is gathering commentary online, too, and will be reading it aloud during. Online comments go on the session’s transcribed record, too.

Don’t miss the opportunity to tell FMCSA your opinions on EOBRs and what can be done to make them more usable or appealing to drivers.

  • Page K. Hardwick

    EOBRs are already being used to harass drivers. Many large companies have switched to them in fear that you the FMCSA is going to mandate them anyway. So now, the dispatchers for these companies will make drivers drive if they have hours no matter if the driver is tired or what they need to do. The dispatchers will also try to make the drivers drive illegally just to get a load somewhere. With a paper log, a driver can legally drive within a certain amount of time or miles or city limits to get to a customer according to DOT rules and regulations. BUT, with the EOBR, it shows them as driving illegally because some of them are set up that a driver cannot move at all without it putting them on drive time. The EOBR goes above and beyond the actual laws, rules, and regulations which is WRONG and dispatchers DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT! So-they keep harassing the driver to drive! The EOBRs are a bad idea! They make drivers lose money. Trucking companies lose money because their drivers cannot get loads there on time because they cannot even drive when it is actually in reality legal to do so. Just some machine telling them they can’t. Ridiculous. Eventually, businesses will lose money when enough drivers are forced on EOBRs because they will not receive their products when needed. The ones making money??? I guess, the creators of EOBRs are getting rich. The whole thing is WRONG! The only drivers that should be forced on EOBRs is the ones that have been caught driving illegally many times-the habitual offender. Leave everyone else alone. This whole big brother is watching is completely out of hand. Truck Drivers do not deserve all of this regulation. There is also ABUSE, HARASSMENT, MIS-DIAGNOSIS, SCAMS, AND ALL SORTS OF ILLEGAL HAPPENINGS with the whole Sleep Apneia situations. This is all just completely wrong and out of hand.