The ongoing saga over the EOBR (Electronic On Board Recorder) mandate continues to draw a lot of attention as carriers try and navigate the trucking compliance landscape and make decisions about what fleet compliance items they should adopt.
If an amendment to block funding for an electronic onboard recorder mandate does not make it into law, its main sponsor, Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), said he is prepared to do whatever he can to stop the federal government from mandating such devices.
Landry told Transport Topics that he will continue working to make sure the devices are not required on trucks, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed to do in a move it said would increase compliance with hours-of-service regulations.
“The potential impact it has on small businesses is catastrophic,” Landry said. FMCSA has “not been able to prove to us that the cost of implementing this is going to make a difference.”
The House voted in June to pass an appropriations bill that included Landry’s amendment blocking a mandate for EOBRs.
The Senate’s transportation spending bill, which the Appropriations Committee passed in April, contains no such provision and encourages FMCSA to write the regulation. Senate leadership had not scheduled a vote on the measure as of last week.
Landry said he doesn’t buy the federal government’s assertion that an EOBR mandate would create a benefit of $344 million to the country.
“I’d like to know who put that study together,” he said. “I want to know if the person who put that study together is a business owner.”
Landry specifically mentioned a stand-alone bill to block the regulation as a possible move, but he did not reveal much more of his strategy.
At a July 11 congressional hearing about the effects the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has on small businesses, Landry assailed FMCSA Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott on EOBRs.
“I don’t understand how the president gets up in front of the national media and says to the American people that he is for small businesses, and that he is for doing away with regulations that burden small businesses,” Landry said. “And yet you, as his representative, you as his mouthpiece, come over here and tell us that you are willing to promote a regulation that imposes a $2 billion cost on small businesses in this country.