Carriers can expect a proposed rule on electronic onboard recorders as early as March, said Dave Kraft, director of industry affairs for Qualcomm.
During an Aug. 16 webinar, Kraft said that a rule would follow the Congressional mandate in the MAP-21 highway bill, passed in June. The bill directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to require all interstate truck and bus carriers to utilize the devices for hours of service recording.
In an Aug. 3 Federal Register notice, FMCSA announced that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hear from the agency on major motor carrier safety provisions included in the MAP-21 highway bill on the first day of the next public MCSAC meeting, Aug. 27-29 in Alexandria, Va.
Among those provisions, the most controversial has been the EOBR mandate. The MCSAC has addressed EOBRs within the past year, offering recommendations late last year on device technical standards, then taking up the subject of the devices and harassment this past February, where some committee members continued to object to certain aspects of the recommendations, such as the requirement for location tracking and the coupling of what some considered fleet-management tools in baseline specs.
Kraft, a member of MCSAC’s EOBR Subcommittee, nonetheless expected those technical recommendations to give FMCSA “a running start” on what much of any EOBR rulemaking will be devoted to — standards for data transfer and security, accuracy, and portability for law enforcement purposes. “FMCSA’s been working on EOBR rulemaking for a while,” Kraft said. “They’re well downstream in getting this developed.”
As part of the Wednesday webinar, billed as an “Update on the upcoming EOBR mandate and its impact,” Kraft also addressed: