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February 22, 2012 3:00 PM, EST

FMCSA to Hold EOBR Listening Session at MATS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hear public comments at the Mid-America Trucking Show next month about the potential that drivers using electronic onboard recorders could be harassed by the carriers they drive for.

The first “listening session” about the harassment issue has been scheduled for March 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., during MATS, an FMCSA spokeswoman said.

FMCSA must consider the possibility of driver harassment before it can issue a rule requiring carriers to use EOBRs, a federal court ruled in August.

In a Feb. 13 Federal Register notice, the agency said the sessions would provide the public “an opportunity to speak about this issue and provide the agency with information on how to address harassment.”