Feds Send Electronic Logging Device Rule to White House for Review

Federal regulators sent a proposal to mandate electronic logging devices on all trucks to the White House for its review, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in an update of regulatory timelines.

The White House Office of Management and Budget will review the proposal for its adherence to the law and President Obama’s agenda. The review can take up to 90 days, but OMB can extend the period if it sees fit.

The proposal from FMCSA is an update to a 2011 proposal the agency withdrew later that year.

FMCSA had previously finalized an ELD requirement for certain carriers with poor hours-of-service compliance records, but that mandate was struck down in federal court because the agency didn’t properly address how the devices could be used to harass drivers.

ELDs were formerly known as electronic onboard recorders, or EOBRs.

FMCSA withdrew the universal mandate proposal because it used the same specifications as the proposal that was overturned. The agency vowed to move forward on ELDs and confront the harassment issue, and Congress asked for a mandate in 2012 as part of MAP-21.

If OMB approves the proposal, FMCSA can publish it and gather comments from the public.


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