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for the equipment, and then pay a small fee per driver per month for data recording services. Additionally, carriers and owner- operators are given three years from the bill’s enactment to comply. Addressing privacy concerns, the bill


states that the information is the sole property of the owner of the data and cannot be used by anyone for any purpose other than for establishing compliance or non-compliance with the applicable Federal hours-of-service rules, without the owner’s consent. The electronic data could be subject to court subpoenas as they are today.


ALLIANCE FORMED Five U.S. trucking companies also


announced they have formed an alliance to work for passage of the legislation. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.; Knight Transportation; Maverick USA; Schneider National, Inc. and U.S. Xpress Enterprises have created the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security which will be based in Washington, D.C. Other companies are joining as well. Co-chairman and president of U.S. Xpress


Enterprises, Pat Quinn reported his drivers have responded well to the implementation of electronic logs. “This process [of implementing EOBRs within our fleet] began about three years ago with testing on fleet groups within our company and now we are in the process of expanding the program.” Quinn, a former American Trucking


Associations chairman said, “In our experience, our drivers have adapted well to the use of electronic logs. It has made our drivers and our operation more efficient, and we believe that it has also helped our company to maintain our high standards for safety.” Knight Transportation has also already


implemented the use of EOBRs. Knight Transportation chairman and CEO, Kevin Knight released a statement in support of the legislation, saying “this is a sensible initiative to improve working conditions for commercial drivers and to promote highway safety. Under a uniform standard, the public will be able to rely on the hours-of-service of all drivers rather than just some drivers. Moreover, a uniform standard will prevent less regulated carriers that could exploit drivers and endanger motorists.” RW


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