You’ve probably heard about the new Electric On-Board Recorder (EOBR) technology that is being used by many commercial motor vehicles in Europe. This type of technology tracks the amount of time drivers spend on the road. This is meant to increase a truck driver’s safety by limiting their operating time.
Since a law passed by the U.S. Congress this summer, EOBR technology is now mandated for all drivers in the United States. Landstar is currently switching over to the electronic log system; with all costs of the unit paid for by Landstar.
Many individuals believe that the EOBR will cause a significant loss of business for owner-operators within just a few months. Those who think this is generally because of the cost of a traditional on-board computer being too expensive. However, this is merely a misconception. Looking at the data, this type of technology may benefit drivers rather than drive them out of business.
Recent data suggests that independent drivers stand to gain more revenue by putting $35 every month into an investment in an EOBR. Since mobile technology is becoming more widespread and flexible, more affordable EOBR options are becoming available for independent drivers.
Additionally, EOBR technology can provide owner operators with benefits such as:
- More time. Documenting Hours of Service (HOS) with an EOBR device gives you an additional 15 to 20 minutes per day. While this might not initially seem like much, these minutes add up over time.
- Less chance of losing your hours. If you have ever misplaced your hours log sheet or book, you understand the frustration that this can provide. You can entirely avoid this possibility with EOBR technology.
- Accuracy. Your EOBR device provides you with pinpoint accuracy in your hours. You will not lose track of how much time you spend at stops or for loading and unloading delays.
If you have further questions about EOBR technology and the impact it can have on your business as an owner operator, feel free to contact us for more information. Landstar Trucking help you stay on top of current legislation, perspectives on the EOBR rule and how trucking regulatory compliance will change the way you run your business.