E-log mandate likely coming soon: White House clears rule, publication nearing

| March 12, 2014

After more than seven months in waiting, the proposed rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, likely paving the way for a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be published by the end of the month.

The rule will, according to the DOT, has four basic parts: (1) Requiring drivers now required to keep records of duty status to use an Electronic Logging Device (aka Electronic Onboard Recorders), (2) Detailing performance and design standards of the devices, (3) Noting supporting documents drivers will still need to carry and (4) Addressing driver harassment concerns — the portion (or lack thereof) that derailed the last ELD rule.

The Department of Transportation incidentally released its monthly report updating progress of rulemakings March 11, too, projecting the rule to clear OMB March 28 and be published April 9.

That timeline, however, appears to have been pushed up several weeks.

More information on the rule will be available once it’s published in the Federal Register.

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