Electronic logging device mandate delayed, still could come soon; speed limiter rule expected next week

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Updated Sep 20, 2015

PeopleNet_TABLET_Incab_eLogsScreen_062013A Final Rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices has been delayed a month, according to a report released this week by the Department of Transportation. The rule is now forecasted to be published Oct. 30.

The rule will take effect two years following its publication, the date by which fleets, owner-operators and drivers must be using electronic logging devices that satisfy the rule’s requirements.

FMCSA had targeted Sept. 30 as the publication date since the beginning of this year, a date it said it indicated earlier this year it was pushing hard to make.

The rule was sent from FMCSA to the the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on July 28 for its required approval. In its report issued this week, the DOt says it now expects the OMB to clear the rule Oct. 26, paving the way for the agency to publish the rule Oct. 30.

FMCSA’s corresponding prohibition of driver coercion rule is expected to follow the same schedule, per the report.

The DOT also released new projected dates for a rule to require use of speed limiters. The proposed rule is still slated to be published this month, with the DOT forecasting it to clear the OMB this week, Sept. 17, and be published on Monday, Sept. 21. It’s unknown whether the rule will apply to all trucks or just new trucks.

More from the DOT’s report will be published this week.

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