EOBR battle spills over into approps bill

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Wednesday, June 27, 2012

OOIDA is urging support for a bipartisan amendment to a spending bill in Congress that would prohibit tax dollars from being used to fund an industry-wide mandate for electronic on-board recorders in trucks.

U.S. Reps. Jeff Landry, R-LA, Nick Rahall, D-WV, Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA, and Bill Huizenga, R-MI, announced their proposed amendment to the 2013 Transportation Appropriations bill on Wednesday, June 27.

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to promulgate or implement any regulations that would mandate global positioning system (GPS) tracking or electronic data recording in passenger or commercial motor vehicles,” the amendment states.

OOIDA sent out a Call to Action to members urging support for the “Landry amendment” to the transportation spending bill. The bill number for the spending bill is HR5972.

The timing is significant because Congress is taking steps to finalize a long-term highway bill for transportation that could set policy for an EOBR mandate. OOIDA opposes a government mandate for the devices.

“Taking a few minutes to make a call could make a big difference on this incredibly important issue,” OOIDA Chief of Staff Rod Nofziger said.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. If that is busy, go to www.house.gov, click on “Find Your Representative” in the top right corner and call your representative directly.


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