On May 11, 2007 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) issued a statement supporting 100% use of Electric On Board Recorders (EOBR’s) and acknowledging the problems with fatigued truck drivers on the roads. The CVSA said:

To enable significant positive changes to commercial vehicle drivers’ hours of service (HOS) compliance, CVSA is advocating universal adoption of electronic on board recorder (EOBR) technology. Captain John E. Harrison, President of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), outlined before a Senate subcommittee how EOBR technology could help solve problems as well as making recommendations on the current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) EOBR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

“Compliance with the HOS regulations continues to be a significant problem encountered by law enforcement, both at roadside and in the motor carrier’s place of business,” said Harrison to the subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation United States Senate on EOBRs and Truck Driver Fatigue Reduction.

Unfortunately, drivers operating in excess of drivers’ HOS limits and falsified driver logs continue to represent a significant risk to safety. In 2006, HOS violations were represented in seven of the “Top 20” driver violations discovered during roadside inspections, representing 34.2 percent of the total. Of those, 78.8 percent were for HOS. During compliance reviews, five of the “Top 12” critical violations cited were HOS related, or 34.6 percent of the total. The results from the 2006 Large Truck Crash Causation Study indicated that fatigue was reported as an associated factor in 13 percent of all large truck crashes.

“We believe EOBRs hold great promise and is one of a number of tools for helping improve compliance with HOS regulations and providing a positive impact on safety and crashes related to driver fatigue. EOBR technology is proven–more than 50 countries have mandated electronic data recorders for driving and standby time recording and/or speed and distance recording.” said Harrison. “We also believe that wide-scale adoption of EOBRs will help curb the challenges with limited resources available at the state and federal levels for overseeing the motor carrier industry.”

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.CVSA.org