E-Logging Proposal Sent to DOT; Rule Could Be Issued in November

Mike Roemer for TT

A proposed supplemental rule for electronic logging devices has been sent to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s office and is expected to be published as soon as November.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal, rewritten to address a federal appeals court’s concerns about potential driver harassment, is expected to be sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for further review in August, according to a Department of Transportation regulatory report.

The original proposal would have required that nearly all motor carriers install electronic logging devices such as electronic onboard recorders as a measure to help enforce hours-of-service regulations and reduce fatigue-related crashes.

Last month, FMCSA said it planned to survey 1,000 drivers on ways carriers could use EOBRs to harass drivers. The survey results could be used to assist the agency in writing a final rule, FMCSA officials said.