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Federal Government Moves Forward with EOBR Regulations

Posted on by Tom Cuthbertson

In June of 2012, the U.S. Congress adopted the MAP-21 bill. Among other things, the bill requires the use of an electronic logging device to track hours of service for all carriers that are required to file a record of duty status (RODS). This decision affects fleet owners, fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers, whether independent, a small fleet or a large fleet.

EOBR implementation timeline

As we all know, the timeline for implementation has been a moving target. The timetable was thrown off in 2012 when proposed rules were challenged in court.

Planning is difficult with uncertain timing, but here are some general guidelines based on what we hear from observers in Washington:

  • The old rule – 395.15 – is operational until new rules are adopted.
  • We can probably expect to see the next set of proposed rules in September of 2013
  • Following the proposed rules, it’s expected there will be a public comment period of 60 days – this could be longer, but 60 days is typical
  • After the comment period, the new rules could be issued in fall of 2013, or slip into 2014 – the time between the end of comment period and issuance of final regulation can vary due to the review process and number of significant comments
  • The effective date for enforcement of the mandate is two years after issuance of the final rule, most likely later in 2016 – this is to allow the suppliers to update software to meet the compliance of the new regulation

What do the coming EOBR regulations mean for you?

If you’re still using paper logs, that question has an easy answer. You’ll need to convert to EOBR in order to remain compliant with federal rules. If you’re already using an EOBR solution, you’ll need to make sure the supplier can adjust and it can perform up to the new mandate.

Driver completing a paper log

Are you still running on paper logs?

But here’s the good news.

This delay in rules has worked to your advantage. You won’t have to install tracking hardware in or on your trucks because a new, mobile system has arrived on the market. It’s the XRS mobile technology solution.

We developed this solution because we could see the future of trucking compliance and fleet optimization – it’s the mobile phone or tablet that goes where the driver goes.

This revolution is accelerating.

We see fixed, hard-wired data systems on trucks becoming obsolete — too expensive and too slow compared with advancing mobile technology to collect mission-critical data for compliance and performance. We’ve partnered with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, plus Rogers in Canada, for XRS to operate on their wireless networks, and the solution runs on more than 50 mobile devices.

Here’s how the XRS “plug and play” system works:

  • The small, easily-installed in-cab XRS RELAY device taps into the truck’s computer
  • Data is transferred from that device via Bluetooth to the driver’s smartphone, tablet computer or rugged device
  • The data is transferred via cellular network to the web-based system for data collection and analysis
  • The result is an easy-to-use dashboard of compliance and fleet optimization data and scorecards.

Benefits of mobile EOBR solutions:

The simplicity and ease of use of the solution is its secret to success with the companies and drivers who have been testing it. Some of the benefits include:

  • No up-front hardware costs or capital requirements.
  • A software subscription that produces return on investment virtually immediately.
  • A single, real-time alert of a safety or truck maintenance problem can save thousands of dollars.
  • Because it’s a software-as-a-service solution, it can be updated anywhere, anytime so it remains compliant at no additional cost, even in the face of the new legislation.

We’re positioned to lead the mobile revolution

The foundation for the XRS mobile solution is Xata Turnpike, our first-generation mobile solution already operating on more than 50,000 vehicles. Our eight-year experience with Turnpike ignited the spark to convert our solutions to all-mobile, all the time. We are in the midst of helping our legacy XataNet and MobileMax fixed hardware customers, as well as Turnpike users, convert to the added power, cost-savings and convenience of the XRS solution.

Our firm (the company formerly known as Xata) is the developer of the original electronic driver log solution as the alternative to hand-written logs. That innovation has been our inspiration and we been doing this since 1988. We have been through successful Hours of Service updates and deployments through many different fleet operations.

The days of expensive, hard-wired, on-board solutions are gone. The results from XRS for our customers are mounting, including reduced fuel consumption, better driver and vehicle utilization, driver retention, accident reduction and more.


Xata is now XRS. Learn more about our new direction.