United States Senators Mark Pryor, D.-Ark., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced legislation Wednesday to improve the safety of highways by requiring electric on-board recording devices for commercial motor vehicles.
According to the senators, federal regulations were first established in the 1930s to prevent overworked truck drivers from causing accidents, but they have been difficult to enforce. The Commercial Driver Compliance Improvement Act would require universal installation of electronic on-board recording devices for commercial motor vehicles.
"No one wants to share the road with tired truckers, but we all expect our stores to be full of merchandise. Meeting these expectations is a constant balancing act for the trucking industry," Pryor said. "After several meetings with industry and Senate hearings on highway safety, I believe the most sensible and effective solution is to require the use of EROBRs. The measure will ensure the entire industry is putting safety and driver quality of life before profit."
An EOBR requirement on all commercial trucks has been a longstanding item on the National Transportation Safety Board's "Most Wanted List" of safety improvements.
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