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6. EOBRs are not enforceable — roadside officers will just “wave you through.” Kraft: Kraft referenced CVSA’s North American inspectors’ championships, where he says he saw firsthand how some jurisdiction are “getting impressive with the knowledge inspectors have of these systems. READ MORE >>

5. EOBR data is easily manipulated. Kraft: “Carriers are accountable for log accuracy. With these electronic records, it’s hard to make the data go away, and enforcement knows what to look for. When you make edits, you can’t just make things disappear, and you have six months of data. READ MORE >>

MYTHS’ 4. EOBRs are cost-prohibitive. Kraft: “In many cases, [systems in place today] were implemented for other things than hours of service. Low-cost systems are available today. Earlier, the technology wasn’t quite there. READ MORE >>

2. EOBRs are a tool for driver harassment. Kraft: Kraft made particular note of the verdict handed down last year that forced FMCSA to vacate the previous limited mandate for hours-noncompliant carriers to use EOBRs as remediation. That verdict “wasn’t really about driver harassment,” he said. READ MORE >>

1. EOBRs are a threat to driver privacy with GPS tracking and log data details that may be misused by law enforcement. Kraft: “First of all, in MAP-21, it limits EOBR data use to law enforcement and inspections. READ MORE >>

EOBR and fleet management suite maker Qualcomm’s regulatory man Dave Kraft brought together two trucking fleet reps — one from a large-ish fleet, one from a smaller one — to break down what Kraft called seven common “myths” about electronic onboard recorders for hours of service recording/monitoring, or electronic logs. READ MORE >>

  Some operators, like small fleet owner Thomas Blake, have come to stark conclusions about where things are headed for hours enforcement, biting the bullet to improve his six-truck fleet’s CSA numbers by investing in electronic logging and fleet management technology at no small cost and, as J. READ MORE >>

Unified Carrier Registration enforcement starts Feb. 1 The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has recommended 2013 roadside enforcement of the Unified Carrier Registration to begin Feb. 1. The UCR program requires carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies operating commercial ... READ MORE >>

Volvo announced this week in Nashville, Tenn., that starting in April it will be incorporating QR Codes into all new trucks in an effort to reduce downtime for owners and drivers and increase efficiency of technicians. Technicians will be able to scan QR Codes with phones or tablets and download information rather than wasting technicians’ time inputting vehicle data. READ MORE >>

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