Maybe the electronic onboard recorder rulemaking anticipated
by the industry should have a GPS locator – especially since guesses as to when
it would resurface have been all over the map.
Since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s
advance notice of proposed rulemaking on the use of electronic onboard
recorders closed Nov. 30, 2004, the industry has waited to see what the
agency’s next step would be.
Once the calendar ticked over to 2006, speculation has been
rampant on when the EOBR rulemaking would hit the grid again. Initial estimates
had it resurfacing sometime in February.
However, with the wide variety of groups shopping their
proposed uses for the “black boxes” by FMCSA officials, the agency has decided
to delay publishing anything on the topic for a few more months, according to
an OOIDA official.
Among the items being kicked around for debate is the use of
EOBRs to enforce compliance by carriers that have poor or bad safety ratings or
maybe even “newbies” to the business. There has also been a group trying to get
the supporting documents portion of the current regulations eliminated if or
when EOBRs are implemented, the OOIDA source said.
FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg – who submitted her
resignation Feb. 1 – told another trucking trade publication that unresolved
issues with the hours-of-service regulations also played into the EOBR
– Jami Jones, senior editor