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The actual roll-out of EOBRs by fleets


seeking to be in compliance with the new rule will be multi-faceted. Implementation will involve EOBR product updates and cer- tificates as well as carrier system upgrades and implementation of new EOBR systems. The mandate will likely increase the


number of EOBRs on trucks from its current 500,000-600,000 level to about 3 million. The National Transportation Safety


Board (NTSB) has targeted truck safety im- provements on its annual “MostWanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.” New on the NTSB’s list are eliminating


distraction, collision-avoidance technolo- gies and infrastructure integrity. Trucking is clearly targeted. On its website, the NTSB shows an overturned tractor-trailer as il- lustrative of distracted driving. The dangers posed by distracted


operators were especially singled out by the board, which noted that it caused “mul- tiple accidents investigated by the agency in recent years and its deadly effects will only continue to grow as a national safety threat.” Substance-impairment is another is-


sue high on the NTSB’s to-do list. Trucking would like to expand the alcohol and drug


WHILE I AM FUNDAMENTALLY opposed to tax increases in general and believe like most of us that our problem in Washington is not a revenue prob- lem but a spending problem, I do support a reasonable and gradual increase to our fuel tax program as long as the funds are guaranteed to go strictly to maintaining and improving our nation’s highways and addressing the conges- tion problems we have not only throughout the country but here in Tennessee as well. Speaking for my own company we lose countless hours of productivity


and wasted fuel due to congestion or bottlenecks. Delays caused by these bottlenecks can at times even cause us to lose revenue by not being able to meet a shipper’s request when they have a tight window for carriers to make pickups. If we can’t meet the window sometimes the shipper will simply move down the list to the next available carrier. It is the responsibility or our government to ensure our highway system is


adequate and the best in the world. Our nation’s commerce depends on it and our company’s livelihood depends on it. I am willing to do my part in paying higher fuel taxes to make sure this vital part of our infrastructure is main- tained and provides us with a competitive advantage to the rest of the world. —John Ross,


President, Milan Express


information clearinghouse methodology. The NTSB says “technology also holds great promise” in this area and would prefer programs tailored to “the specific offender’s situation.” New research released by the Fed-


eral Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) confirms the safety benefits of us- ing technology to electronically govern and limit the top speed of commercial trucks. “This study confirms what ATA has





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