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Mandatory Electronic Onboard Recorders Are 'Step Backward' for Truck Safety

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has criticized proposed legislation to mandate electronic onboard recorders for interstate commercial motor carriers as just another way of putting small truckers out of business.

The bill was introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

"With all due respect to Senator Pryor, EOBRs [electronic onboard recorders] will not improve highway safety. However, they sure will cost small-business truckers their hard-earned money and their privacy," said Todd Spencer, OOIDA's executive vice president, in a statement. "EOBRs are nothing more than overpriced record keepers lobbied by big business trucking companies to wipe out small business competition."

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has criticized proposed legislation to mandate electronic onboard recorders for interstate commercial motor carriers as just another way of putting small truckers out of business.

The bill was introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

"With all due respect to Senator Pryor, EOBRs [electronic onboard recorders] will not improve highway safety. However, they sure will cost small-business truckers their hard-earned money and their privacy," said Todd Spencer, OOIDA's executive vice president, in a statement. "EOBRs are nothing more than overpriced record keepers lobbied by big business trucking companies to wipe out small business competition."

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