Speed limiter, EOBR comment deadlines coming up soon
Truckers who want the feds to know
what they think about speed limiters and electronic on-board recorders are
running out of time.
Speed limiter comments due March
Petitions requesting the government
to require speed limiters to be set at 68 mph on big trucks and not be tampered
with are being considered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
NHTSA and FMCSA are requesting
comments on the petitions for rulemakings from the American Trucking Association
and Road Safe America and a group of nine motor carriers. The petitions request
devices that would limit the speed of certain trucks and prohibit owners and
operators from adjusting the speed limiting devices.
The notice seeking comments was
posted on the Federal Register Jan. 26.
Between September and October 2006
several petitions were submitted requesting that truck manufacturers be
required to install speed limiters on trucks greater than 26,000 pounds to no
more than 68 mph. The petitions also asked FMCSA to prohibit anyone from
adjusting the speed limiters.
The federal agencies want comments
to supplement a review of the material presented by ATA and the other
petitioners, along with an evaluation of data or other relevant information the
agencies may already have, in conducting a technical review of the petitions.
To read the complete request for
comments, click here.
EOBR comments due April 18
Comments are being accepted on a
proposed regulation that would mandate the use of electronic on-board recorders
for carriers that have chronic HOS violations. The proposal also offers
incentives for carriers that voluntarily use the so-called "black boxes."
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration unveiled its "notice of proposed rulemaking" on the use of EOBRs
at a press conference Jan. 11. The notice has now officially been printed in
the Federal Register and the 90-day comment period closes April 18.
FMCSA Administrator John Hill told Land
Line Magazine that agency officials are hopeful truckers on the road who
will feel the impact of this regulation will be active in the comment period.
He said he wants comments on the
"realities of the way the industry operates" and how the proposed regulation
will impact that - good or bad.
The complete proposal, along with
discussion of the proposed regulation can be seen by clicking here.
Where to send
Comments can be signed or submitted anonymously. Anyone can
submit comments. All submissions must include the agency name and docket ID number.
For the speed limiter comment period, that number is NHTSA-2007-26851. The EOBR
docket ID number is FMCSA-2004-18940.
To submit your completed comments, you can:
Department of Transportation
Seventh St. SW, Nassif Building Room PL-401
- By Jami Jones, senior editor