Electronic Logging Device Bill Adopted by CongressJune 29, 2012
Today is a big day for the transportation industry. Why? The electronic logging device bill has been adopted by the U.S. Congress, requiring the use of electronic logging devices to track hours of service for all carriers that are required to file a record of duty status (RODS). This decision affects many of us in Xata Nation, whether you’re a fleet owner, a fleet manager or a driver, and whether you’re an independent, a small fleet or a large fleet. The new legislation means that anyone keeping paper log books today for RODS are required to utilize a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) certified electronic logging device. The FMCSA will be required to create a regulation within one year.
Passing this bill is great news for the U.S. economy and will bring much needed job creation. This new legislation will also impact carriers of all sizes and affect everyone from owners to dispatchers to drivers.
This is the largest piece of legislation in our industry in recent history, and the changes that will take place in the coming months and years are significant. You know the old saying, “Change is hard”? We hear you. That’s why we’ve created a website – www.EOBR.com – devoted to the newly adopted bill and to helping you adjust to this new reality. There, you’ll find free resources, tools and the latest news on the new legislation. We’ll be updating it regularly as news and resources continue to roll out.
We take our ongoing commitment to making compliance easy and affordable for fleets of all sizes and independent owner-operators very seriously. In addition to www.EOBR.com, our Xata Turnpike product is a low-cost, 395.15-certified solution that’s easy to install and uses the power of a driver’s existing cell phone, tablet computer or rugged handheld. Rather than waiting (and worrying) for the next few years, you can reap the benefits of an EOBR now. There’s no expensive hardware to buy, no holes to drill in your truck and no long-term contracts to sign. It’s an industry-leading compliance solution, and it also provides a return on investment through paperwork savings, increased drive time, operational savings from performance management tools and more. Best of all, because it’s a software-as-a-service solution, it can be updated anywhere, anytime so it remains compliant at no additional cost, even in the face of the new legislation.
If you’re one of the more than 1,500 companies that we work with that have voluntarily adopted electronic logging devices through Xata Turnpike, you’re good to go. With Xata Turnpike, you’ll be compliant with this new legislation.
The new legislation will take some adjusting to in the short term, but in the long term, we believe it will help more fleets be safe and compliant, plus provide operational savings and more efficiency. Remember to bookmark www.EOBR.com for all the latest news and tools on the legislation. Check it out, and let us know what you think.