The American Trucking Association has come out in favor of
requiring electronic on-board recorders on some trucks.
The proposed rule, which was recently announced by the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, would require the so-called "black
boxes" on the trucks of carriers who are determined by the FMCSA to be frequent
violators of hours-of-service rules.
In a press release, ATA president Bill Graves said the
proposed rule is "a solid step . toward improved highway safety."
OOIDA has argued that the black boxes won't assure compliance
with hours-of-service rules, and that owner-operators who are leased to a
targeted carrier could be forced to install a black box even if they're safe