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feature Electronic On Board Bus companies adopt technology to save time, money and optimize driver utilization by Jeffrey Reed M odern motor coaches are much more than transportation on wheels; they’re also high-tech travel vessels armed with the latest in computer advancements. The less coach companies leave to chance in transporting customers, the more they ensure driver safety and proper vehicle maintenance. And that’s a plus for all stakeholders. The latest advancement in the motor coach industry is the Electronic On Board Recorder (EOBR) which, in part, uses a sophisticated device attached to a commercial motor vehicle that records the amount of time a vehicle is being driven. With driving hours regulated by Hours of Service (HOS) in order to help prevent driver fatigue, and thus limiting the amount of time a driver spends operating a motor coach, an EOBR can play an important part in adhering to government rules. In fact, an EOBR provides a myriad of information for motor coach company headquarters and drivers. This includes recording a driver’s duty status and the amount of time that driver is in operation of a vehicle, as well as delivering a report to law enforcement upon request. An EOBR device can record a driver’s name, login identification and records; total on-duty hours; time, date and location for each change-of-duty status for each driver using the EOBR; and comments related to fueling, engine performance and necessary maintenance. “The initial purchase and installation cost runs about $1,300 to $1,400 per bus, so it’s not a cheap add-on GPS device,” says Ontario Motor Coach Association’s Director of Safety and Maintenance Dave Carroll. “EOBRs are not commonly used in our industry as this point. But they are a good productivity tool if used the right way.” An EOBR “takes the guess work out of HOS,” Carroll explains. “Now it’s The Road Explorer an automated process. It allows a bus company dispatch to optimize driver utilization. And it protects carriers from fines, convictions and points on their CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration).” Canadian Versus U.S. Experience EOBRs are not mandatory in Canada, but in the U.S. it is expected that someday they will be mandatory for all carriers. In January 2011, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule requiring EOBRs for interstate commercial truck and bus companies. The proposed rule covers interstate 16 Summer 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2012

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Canadian Travel to the U.S. Continues to Grow
Electronic On board Computers
Capital Gains
Making the Grade in Kingston,Ontario
200 Years of Joie-de-vivre
Buyers' Guide
List of Advertisers

The Road Explorer - Summer 2012