February 10, 2011
Low-cost hours-of-service system helps fleets prepare for the proposed EOBR mandate
Neenah, WI – J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., the nation’s most respected name in risk and regulatory management, is responding to the electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) proposal released by the FMCSA on January 31, 2011 by reminding carriers that the company’s electronic logging solution, powered by J. J. Keller’s Encompass™, is a cost effective answer to the proposed regulatory changes.
The electronic on-board recorder proposal from the FMCSA would mandate that all motor carriers currently required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS) for hours-of-service recordkeeping would be required to use EOBRs to “systematically and effectively monitor their drivers’ compliance with HOS requirements” within three years of the proposal becoming regulation. This EOBR mandate, combined with the December 2010 Hours of Service Proposed Rulemaking and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative from FMCSA, will place an exceptional burden on carriers to understand and comply with driver logging regulations.
During a recent poll of nearly 1,000 transportation professionals, J. J. Keller found that over 40% of respondents said that cost is the main reason that they are not using E-Logs. However, DOT estimates show that most carriers should actually see a cost benefit as a result of the installation and use of an EOBR solution.
J. J. Keller’s electronic logging solution is priced at $6 per driver per month, plus a one-time $199 on-board recorder fee and a monthly data plan for a mobile device. J. J. Keller’s Encompass captures and audits all of a company’s driver logs, providing online reporting and compliance information that can immediately improve fleet operations. It is the only solution on the market that provides the combination of electronic and paper log auditing to support a mixed fleet. The Encompass solution goes beyond capturing in-cab hours-of-service data by storing significant driver and vehicle data, such as driver files and vehicle maintenance records, within the web-based service.
James J. Keller, President and Chief Operating Officer at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., said, “As the FMCSA moves in the direction of mandating EOBRs for all drivers, J. J. Keller ‘s commitment to helping companies of all sizes comply with hours-of-service is stronger than ever. We have been helping companies comply with hours-of-service regulations since 1953 by offering log books, training, auditing services, and more – our affordable E-Log solution is an evolution of the expertise we have demonstrated to our customers for over half a century.”
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. will be hosting a complimentary webcast, Hours-of-Service: What you need to know, on Thursday, February 17 at 10:00AM Central Time. The webcast will take a closer look at:
- Hours-of-Service fundamentals – the rules, who needs to follow them, and the exceptions,
- The impact of CSA,
- The FMCSA’s proposal – potential changes to driving time, the 24-hour restart, and the definition of on-duty time,
- The EOBR mandate and new proposal – what could this mean for your fleet, and
- Establishing a compliant culture within your organization.
Carriers of all sizes are invited to register for this event by visiting https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/243016186.
To learn more about E-Logs, powered by J. J. Keller’s Encompass™, visit www.jjkellerencompass.com or call 1-888-473-4638.
About J. J. Keller’s Encompass™
J. J. Keller’s Encompass™ is the most comprehensive enterprise system available for fleet compliance. Fleets rely on Encompass to manage daily tasks such as driver hiring and qualification, alcohol and drug testing, driver training and recordkeeping, fuel tax reporting, maintenance tracking and more. Fleets can add J. J. Keller's EOBR to automate hours-of-service with E-Logs and/or generate driver performance reporting. To learn more about J. J. Keller’s Encompass™, visit www.jjkellerencompass.com.
About J. J. Keller Business Services
J. J. Keller Business Services has been helping companies reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance since 1953. Through online and consulting services, and turnkey outsourcing, J. J. Keller Business Services can assist you in reducing accidents, offloading time consuming compliance work, and developing effective compliance programs. To learn more about J. J. Keller Business Services, visit www.jjkellerservices.com.
For more information, contact:
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
1-800-843-3174, ext. 7802