— Staff reports
Recorder rule challenged by OOIDA
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is legally challenging a regulation that requires carriers with the most serious hours-of-service violations to install electronic onboard recorders.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit registered the suit brought by OOOIDA and three of its members against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on June 3. The plaintiffs filed a brief Oct. 7 asking the court to vacate the EOBR rule and to require the agency do further consideration consistent with the court’s findings.
FMCSA spokeswoman Candice Tolliver declined comment on the lawsuit. The court gave the agency until Nov. 4 to file a reply brief.
Carriers with a 10 percent or greater occurrence of HOS non-compliance in a single compliance review are mandated to use EOBRs for two years. The American Trucking Associations supports this rule, which has a June 4, 2012 deadline.
OOIDA argues it is unproven that the devices can accurately and automatically record a driver’s HOS and duty status.
— Jill Dunn
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