4/8/2011 11:30:00 AM
American Trucking Associations is endorsing a federal proposal that trucking companies use electronic logging devices to monitor driversâ€™ compliance with hours-of-service rules.
The group said it supported both legislation requiring the electronic logging equipment and a rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
â€œATA has always been in favor of strong enforcement of safety rules and regulations. This new policy just underlines that support,â€� ATA President Bill Graves said in a statement.
ATA said any regulation should address several conditions, including making devices cost-effective, ensuring that data ownership protects the privacy of fleets and drivers alike, and that any rule offers relief from the â€œcurrent significant burden of retaining additional supporting documentation.â€�
The safety group Road Safe America said it was pleased ATA gave its â€œconsiderable weight to the call for both electronic logging as well a speed limiter settings at a reasonable top speed for our nationâ€™s heavy trucks.â€�
ATA joins the Truckload Carriers Association and the Alliance for Driver Safety and Security in supporting the new federal initiative.
At its convention last month in San Diego, TCAâ€™s board voted to endorse electronic logging devices, including electronic onboard recorders.
The Alliance for Driver Safety and Security said March 31 it supported the Senate bill, while the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association said it opposes a federal EOBR mandate.
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