EOBR 101: What it Means for Your Fleet

In a recent article published by Work Truck, Jason Rudinoff, ARI’s supervisor of licensing and regulatory compliance, explains the impact of mandated electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) for commercial fleets.  In July 2012, President Obama signed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), a congressional highway bill that was passed in June. It became law Oct. 1, 2012. MAP-21 is a multifaceted law that includes a line item requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to create a regulation mandating the use of EOBRs in all commercial fleet vehicles.  Rudinoff estimates the final mandate will not go into effect until mid-2014.

The controversial EOBR mandate has potential pros and cons for fleet managers and drivers.  Rudinoff points to lack of driver acceptance, costly investment and unreliable data as cons to the mandate.  Pros include improved compliance, increased driver and fuel efficiencies, and technological improvements.

To read the full article, click here.