FMCSA adjusts recorder mandate

| April 02, 2010

In 2007, FMCSA proposed to allow carriers to use recorders that were not synchronized to the vehicle’s engine, but in the end the agency opted to maintain that existing requirement in order to ensure the accuracy of electronic records of duty status. Other changes to the proposal in response to comments include:

    * Increasing from 1 minute to 60 minutes the time interval for recording the location of a CMV in motion;
    * Making the recording of state-line crossings optional;
    * Removing the requirement to record a driver’s acknowledgement of advisory messages;
    * Reducing the amount of time a CMV is stationary before the EOBR defaults to on-duty not driving status;
    * Removing the daily ceiling on EOBR accumulated time inaccuracy or “time drift”;
    * Revising the requirements to allow a driver to enter annotations to denote use of a CMV as a personal conveyance and for yard movement;
    * Removing the requirement for an EOBR to display HOS data in a graph-grid format;
    * Specifying information technology security and integrity requirements; and
    * Adding and strengthening provisions concerning driver and motor carrier responsibilities relating to accurate EOBR records and support system performance.

For a copy of the final rule prior to its publication, go to The published version and supporting documents will be available April 5 at by searching FMCSA-2004-18940. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.