SPECIAL REPORT: New supporting documents regulation delayed

| 11/17/2006

Nov. 17, 2006 - A new regulation governing hours-of-service supporting documents has been put on temporary hold by FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill.

The pending rulemaking would amend the hours-of-service recordkeeping requirements to clarify what supporting documents motor carriers must have to validate hours of service records, according to information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Hill told the press of the delay following the general session of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 listening session Thursday, Nov. 16, in Washington, D.C.

The final rule was cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget in September and was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register sometime in October.

However, when Hill reviewed the final regulation, he gave it to FMCSA staffers to determine if there could be any possible problems with enforcement once the rule is enacted.

"I was not pleased with the feedback," Hill said. "There needs to be policy decision on how to enforce the rule."

And, Hill did not want those policy decisions being made on the side of the road during an inspection.

So, the publishing of the final rule has been delayed to give FMCSA staffers time to finalize some policy decisions and establish guidance for enforcement officers.

Hill said staffers are getting very close to completing work on the regulation and that he hopes it will publish in the Federal Register sometime in early December.

 - By Jami Jones, senior editor