Canadian Trucking Alliance Chairman Claude Robert said he
wants to make paper log books a thing of the past. But his plan includes the
use of electronic on-board recorders, known as EOBRs, which is something CTA
has had on its radar screen for some time.
Robert, who will serve a two-year term as CTA chairman,
replaces the late John Cyopek.
Robert is CEO of Group Robert of Boucherville, Quebec, and
he is known for his outspokenness.
In his first press release as chairman, Robert outlined his
policies, which include mandatory EOBRs, anti-idling measures, industry
compliance within the hours-of-service rules, and mandatory speed limiters in Canada.
“Paper log books are a joke,” he said. “You can have all the
internal audit protocols you want and you won’t eliminate illegal operations.”
He said the trucking industry has to “get serious” about
compliance with hours-of-service regulations.
“If we don’t, and some carriers and drivers continue to operate
illegally, we will never get the rates we need, our drivers will never be paid
what they are worth and we will not attract the quality people to the industry
that we are going to need in the future,” Robert said in his written statement.