Comments are being accepted on a proposed regulation that would mandate the use of electronic on-board recorders for motor 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 was officially printed Jan. 18 in the Federal Register and the 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. 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