The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) have squared off on the issue of mandatory onboard electronic recorders in letter-writing campaigns to members of the House and Senate currently negotiating the transportation bill.

In the letter, ATA  — along with several other industry and advocacy groups — urged the retention of the Senate’s proposed mandate for electronic onboard recorders.

“The National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly recommended to the DOT that all trucks and buses be equipped with [electronic logs] as an effective strategy to improve the accuracy of carrier [hours-of-service] records,” ATA’s letter stated. “In fact, in 2010-2011, the NTSB included this recommendation on the agency’s ‘Most Wanted List’ of transportation safety improvements.”