WASHINGTON — A highly anticipated rulemaking has moved another step closer to finality. The Electronic On-Board Recorders for Hours of Service Compliance rule has been at the Office of Management and Budget at the White House since Dec. 17, 2009.
The rule was moved out of OMB yesterday and is now in the office of the Secretary of Transportation.
The Final Rule is expected to be published on the Federal Register by the end of the month.
According to the rule abstract which is dated Fall 2009, it would amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to incorporate new performance standards for EOBRs installed in commercial motor vehicles manufactured two years after the effective date of a final rule.
In addition, motor carriers who demonstrated a history of serious noncompliance with the HOS rules would be subject to mandatory installation of EOBRs meeting the new performance standards. The motor carrier would then be required to install EOBRs in all of its CMVs regardless of their date of manufacture and to use the devices for HOS recordkeeping for a period of two years, unless the carrier had already equipped its vehicles with automatic on-board recording devices meeting the agency’s current requirements under 49 CFR 395.15 and could demonstrate to FMCSA that its drivers understand how to use the devices.
FMCSA would also encourage industry-wide use of EOBRs by providing incentives for motor carriers.
The rule got pulled from the process along with all other rulemakings in progress when President Obama took office in January 2009.
Specifics will not be known until it’s published, but watch thetrucker.com for updates.
Barb Kampbell of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at email@example.com.