Speed limiter, EOBR comment deadlines coming up soon

| 3/15/2007

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 27

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

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:

????? Docket Management Facility

????? U.S. Department of Transportation

????? 400 Seventh St. SW, Nassif Building Room PL-401

????? Washington, DC 20590-0001

- By Jami Jones, senior editor