2012 Members News
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), along with the American Automobile Association, American Trucking Associations, and Carbon Express, Inc., today sent a message to Congress urging their support in adopting the Senate language in section 32301 of S. 1813 as part of the conference agreement on the transportation reauthorization bill. Trucking, safety, and law enforcement interests are united in their support of an Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) requirement because of the positive impacts EOBRs have on safety, compliance with hours of service regulations (i.e., how long a truck driver may legally be on duty and behind the wheel), and efficiency.
As you know, hours of service compliance is far and away our largest driver-related safety challenge. We communicated this message recently during our 2012 Roadcheck kick-off event in Landover, MD on June 5, 2012. It bears repeating. We need to do a better job at affecting compliance.
EOBRs have been shown by many fleets that have already adopted them to significantly increase their compliance rates AND increase their safety performance. In addition, fleets adopting EOBRs have seen positive returns on their investment with respect to impacting their CSA scores. This in turn affects how enforcement targets their resources with respect to carriers and drivers.
Overall, CVSA strongly believes that EOBRs help to improve compliance, expand the enforcement footprint and increase its efficiency, as well as to help mitigate the falsification of logbooks thereby allowing it to contact more carriers and helping to level the playing field – ultimately improving compliance and safety.
A video message was included in the communication. That message can be viewed here.
FMCSA Responds to Wells Fargo Report “CSA: Good Intentions, Unclear Outcomes
CVSA recently received FMCSA’s analysis on a report titled “CSA: Good Intentions, Unclear Outcomes” issued in November, 2011 by Wells Fargo Securities, Equity research Department. The Wells Fargo report claimed there was no meaningful statistical relationship between the results in the Unsafe Driving and Fatigued Driving (HOS) BASICs and crash frequency based on a sample of 200 of the largest motor carriers in the FMCSA census database of motor carriers. The report summarizes FMCSA’s position on the findings and observations outlined in the Wells Fargo report. Please click here to view FMCSA’s reply to CVSA.