California senator wants EOBRs on trucks

| 11/19/2007

One of California’s U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein, has jumped on the electronic on-board recorder bandwagon.

In a letter to FMCSA Administrator John Hill, the Democratic U.S. senator cited a triple-fatality crash on Interstate 5 in May and a fiery, multiple truck wreck that closed a tunnel in October as evidence that EOBRs are needed.

Feinstein claims one-third of all truck drivers admit to sometimes falsifying their logs and that it’s “common sense” to require the recorders.

Leaders with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are on record as believing EOBRs can’t accurately reflect whether a driver is in compliance with the hours-of-service rules and represent an invasion of truckers’ privacy.