What’s proposed, what’s next

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Updated Mar 28, 2011

eobr, electronic onboard recorder, csa, log, log book, fmcsaThe days of paper logs might be numbered. If the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gets it way, electronic onboard recorders will be required for all carriers that now do traditional logging. You can get caught up on what’s going on with EOBRs:

  • Here’s what’s been proposed and what’s next regarding the issue.
  • The comment period on the proposed rule has been extended to May 23.
  • Overdrive covered the topic in detail in a cover story last year.
  • There are other, less comprehensive types of computer-assisted logging.
  • For the latest coverage of EOBRs, read the February cover story from Truckers News, Overdrive’s sister publication.
  • You’ll want to ensure all your equipment will pass inspection. These Overdrive articles explain how to maintain lights, brakes and other common areas of equipment failure:

[grabber tire.jpg]Tires and brakes
Maintaining proper pressure, May 2011.
Spec’ing tires, Feb. 2011
Preventing tire/brake failure, July 2010
Avoiding top tire killers, May 2010

[backuplamps.jpg]Lights and electrical systems
How-to: Maintain batteries, Oct. 2010
Preventing battery drain, July 2010
Preventing power divider failure, July 2010
How-to: Upgrade headlamps for longevity, May 2010

[powertrain]Power- and drivetrain
2010 engines, March 2011
How-to: Change oil, Feb. 2011
Synthetic oil, Jan. 2011
Overhauling the engine, Nov. 2010
Oil viscosity, Nov. 2010
How-to: Maintain steering, Sept. 2010

[NEED A TRAILER PIC]Trailers and other topics
How-to: Maintain suspension, March 2011
How-to: Maintain landing gear, Jan. 2011
How-to: Beat corrosion, Nov. 2010
Spec’ing trailers for durability, Sept. 2010
How-to: Detect air leaks, Aug. 2010
How-to: Service reefer unit, July 2010
Preventing broken belts/clamps/hoses, July 2010
Preventing air pressure loss, July 2010