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Public Citizen, OOIDA take aim at FMCSA recorder plan

Public Citizen, an advocacy group, and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are criticizing a federal proposal for electronic on-board recorders, according to their press releases.

Public Citizen said that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a "very weak standard for electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs)."

FMCSA announced a proposal January 11 that certain carriers would be required to install electronic on-board recorders in all of their commercial vehicles, and others would be given incentives for voluntary use.

Public Citizen noted that the proposal fails to mandate recorders in all commercial trucks and would require recorders only for trucking companies that violate HOS rules.

OOIDA said that lawmakers also directed the agency to address loading and unloading time. "Until the FMCSA resolves this drivers’ safety dilemma and the hours-of-service scheme, technology as a solution will be little more than expensive eyewash," OOIDA added.

"Recorders should be mandated in an across-the-board standard that treats all companies equally," Public Citizen said.

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