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since 1988. More recently, the FMCSA adopted a regulation requiring motor carriers with a 10 percent or greater HOS violation rate to install the EOBRs. The American Trucking Associations


(ATA) has announced support for the FMCSA regulation. “However, if Congress truly wants to promote technology to improve highway safety, it should provide incentives for a host of ‘active’ safety technologies that proactively assist drivers to prevent automobile and large truck-involved crashes,” Rob Abbott, ATA vice president of safety policy said. Pryor said the EOBRs are the most


sensible and effective solution to ensure compliance by the nation’s 3 million truck drivers. “This measure will ensure the entire industry is putting safety and driver quality of life before profit,” he said. The legislation calls on the U.S.


Department of Transportation (USDOT) to issue final regulations within 18 months of the president signing the bill which would set forth design and performance standards for the devices. Some standards are already outlined in the bill, including that devices are to be integrally linked or communicate with the vehicles’ engine control module; that


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