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What do EOBR’s, HOS and Taxes have in common?


For as long as I can remember, people have been protesting paying federal taxes, many saying they’re unconstitutional and some even refusing to pay them at all. The majority of folks just grin and bear it, making sure that on April 15th taxes are filed and can breathe easy for one more year.

The trucking industry has a similar sentiment towards the infamous EOBR debate.
Included in the House and Senate approved highway bill are several provisions affecting the trucking industry, including a mandate that all trucks have electronic onboard recorders.

The bill also requires the FMCSA to conduct a field study on the effectiveness of the 34-hour restart provision in its hours-of-service rule, which by the way, was to have been completed by March 31st.

Arguments such as invasion of privacy, harassment, and financial burden have all been part of the debate in opposition to the Electronic Onboard Recorder.

In order to help folks deal with the painful ordeal of filing their taxes, numerous companies have emerged, relieving the stress and ensuring that every possible means is made available to save one’s hard earned money.  Are some companies better than other? Yes, most definitely.

Christian Schenk

Christian Schenk of XRS discusses BYOD on Truth About Trucking “Live”

The same applies for the trucking industry. XRS Corporation (formerly Xata Corporation) delivers fleet management and compliance software solutions to the trucking industry to help maintain regulatory compliance and reduce operating costs.

XRS is leading the trucking industry’s migration to mobile devices for collecting and analyzing compliance and management data. Its existing mobility-based products have no upfront hardware costs and run on smartphones, tablets and rugged handhelds.

The U.S. trucking industry is currently debating the pros and cons of mobile communication platforms as it relates to Company-Owned Personally Enabled devices (COPE) or to rely on the Bring Your Own Device platform, simply known as BYOD.

This ongoing debate within the trucking industry includes whether to rely on “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD” mobile communication platform or more traditional “Company-Owned Personally Enabled” or “COPE” devices, especially in terms of security, privacy, cost and supportability issues, isn’t going away anytime soon – with plenty of argument evident for and against both technological strategies.

Join the debate and learn more about BOYD on Truth About Trucking “Live” on Blog Talk Radio
Thursday September 5th at 7PM eastern time, we have as our guest, Christian Schenk of XRS Corp.  Christian Schenk is Senior Vice President of product strategy and market growth for XRS Corporation, specializing in helping private and for-hire fleets use driver and vehicle data to improve every aspect of their operations.

Thursday “Trucking Mobile Communication: BYOD”
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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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4 Responses to What do EOBR’s, HOS and Taxes have in common?. - Post a Comment

  1. Mackie

    A word about the items that run on smartphones and tablets. A friend works for a company that was told earlier this year to get all drivers on EOBR devices or be shut down. The company chose a simple hand-held tablet system. It is not compatible with all trucks. He has a Volvo and the system interfered with the main computer of his truck causing all sorts of problems with his dashboard gages. When he unhooked the tablet from his ECM, all gages worked fine.
    Has XRS Corp tried their product in every make and model of truck to ensure compatibility?

    • Allen Smith

      Thanks for the comment. The comparison however is not accurate as
      XRS uses an entire mobile platform technology, not “a tablet”
      I do suggest you listen to the radio replay, or better yet, give them a call.
      I think you’ll be impressed with their system quality, capability, and cost.

    • Allen Smith
    • Christian Schenk

      Although there are many OEMs producing trucks today, they all should comply with the SAE standards set in place to regulate the J1939 and 1708 protocols. This is the communication protocol for use with diagnostic and telematics equipment. That said, from time to time, companies like XRS will need to make minor adjustments to accommodate certain MIDS/PIDS that operate outside of this protocol. As of today we fully comply with SAE 1939 and 1708.

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