Feds to take comments on EOBR technology

Jill Dunn | October 07, 2011

A federal advisory group is accepting feedback before making recommendations for any future rulemaking to re-establish electronic on-board recorders specifications.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2010 EOBR final rule on Aug. 26. The FMCSA has said it will
not appeal and will issue a final rule to remove the regulatory text from federal code.

The rule had mandated the devices for carriers with significant hours-of-service violations and set new EOBR technical requirements for use in lieu of handwritten records of duty status by June 2012.

After the 2010 rule’s publication, enforcement and supplier stakeholders urged certain requirements be revisited. Some communications methods viable during rule development now are not appropriate because of new technology and government security standards, they said.

At the agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee’s June meeting, the FMCSA asked members for suggestions on the rule’s functional specifications to address these concerns. The agency appoints industry representatives to the 19-member MCSAC and tasks them with making recommendations on issues.

The MCSAC formed an EOBR subcommittee, which will meet Oct. 24-25. The subcommittee and the agency will discus specifications for wireless communications protocols that may be necessary for successful and secure transmission.

The full MCSAC will discuss the issue Oct. 26-27 and the subcommittee will submit its report afterward. The committee will review the report in December when it finalizes recommendations to the agency.

The Oct. 24-27 meeting in Arlington, Va., is open to the public, who also can provide comments at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) each meeting day. Written comments, which must include the Docket No., FMCSA-2006-26367, may be submitted by Oct. 14 by one of the following methods:

  • Online, using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
  • By mail to Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation; 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE; West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140; Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • By fax at (202) 493-2251.

More information is here in the meeting notice published in the Oct. 7 Federal Register.

  • AL KLEIN

    ALL YOUR RULES SO FAR HAS PUT A LOT OF US OUT OF BUSINESS. THE RATES HAVE BEEN SO BAD THE LAST TWO YEARS THAT WE COULDNT KEEP OUR RIGS IN TOP SHAPE ANY LONGER AND A LOT OF US EVEN LOST OUR HOMES. I MYSELF HAD TO GIVE UP MY TRUCK BACK TO THE FINANCE COMPANY. THE ONE THING THAT YOU COULD DO IS MAKE ALL TRUCKS IN ALL STATES GO BY THE HOUR. MAKE ALL SHIPPERS PAY THE PREVAILING WAGE FOR THIS SERVICE AND WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO KILL OURSELVES OR OTHERS. OTHERWISE LEAVE THINGS BE, YOUVE HURT US ENOUGH. YOU HAVE NOT HELPED THE TRUCKERS YET.

  • Tony Calvert

    Enough with the new rules crap!
    You don’t tell auto workers how many hrs a day they can work then get in a car and drive to Florida!
    Get reall the altime safety numbers have improved so much-what’s the deal?? Lobbyist selling there goods ?
    Why don’t we really regulate them??

  • Tony Calvert

    One other thing-if they want a real solution to ver hrs why not implement 12 on 12 off and 72 off after 120 hrs. Teams run 6 on and 6 off. No human I know can lay in a sleeper of a moving truck 10 hrs straight. I can’t lay in my bed at home 10 hrs!

  • mike haynes

    post acc drug test for all autos cell phone post acc for autos higher fines for autos csa scores for autos look at the them stop useing trucks for a cash cow for money trucks are safer now then ever joe public wont admit its them that are the cause of most tt/ car crash/s

  • mike haynes

    shippers call for na truck you make it on time and sit sit sit mandatory detention time pay allso a shipper score to many over loaded miss loaded truck and they can not ship no more time and time i go into a place 30 days later a whole new crew of temp workers load the trucks/ that have no idea what they are doing/ all the recorder will do is cut into a drivers day and cost money for carriers some big co/s have the recordes set where you can drive up to or around a terminal and not record driveing til a certain speed or time is lapsed to get around the rules driveing any where is driveing be it a roadway or a terminal a box will allso allow a co to tell drivers he still has time left to work in spite of if he is tired or not it should be driver discretion/ i myself rarely run my log out

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 Todd Dills

    Thanks for feedback here, everyone. Be sure to send in your thoughts to the FMCSA as well. Details on how at the end of the story here, of course.

  • Gene Roth

    New rules,new laws, when will you be satisfied, our record is constantly improving, leave us alone for a while,and we will continue to improve.
    Maybe your time would be better spent trying to improve your approval rating,you are kind of in the basement now, I would hate to be out in public with the approval rating of our leaders at this time, please work on your rating as hard as you are working on ours.
    Thanks for listening.

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  • wayne leverton

    It would be a lot more useful to install on board 4 channel (at least) video recorders only. With solid state hard drives of 72 or more hours capacity. This would provide visual evidence of what the idiot motoring public does around professional truckers and their truck/trailer rigs. This would provide all the statistics needed to prove any court case in accidents or tickets, and set the record straight on who actually causes the accidents involving commercial trucks. And stay with the paper log books, and stick with the established or the old rules for hours of service that we are used to working with. ( 10 hr. or 11 hr., take a poll among drivers for which one. )

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