EOBR session to focus on driver harassment issue

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Truckers had a lot to say about electronic on-board recorders and other issues during the recent Mid-America Trucking Show. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will follow up with another listening session on EOBRs scheduled to take place Thursday, April 26, in Bellevue, WA. The event coincides with a conference of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

FMCSA regulators continue to seek input on the issue of driver harassment and EOBRs after failing to address the issue in its initial EOBR rulemaking. OOIDA won a federal judgment in August 2011 that forced the agency to vacate its initial rule.

The agency is back at the drawing board now, gathering feedback on how EOBRs can be used to harass drivers. The FMCSA has made it known that it will continue to move toward a second rule on EOBRs, which would be an industry-wide mandate for the devices.

OOIDA members had a strong showing during the listening session at MATS. Drivers told FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro that EOBRs are just another productivity tool that carriers and others use to pressure a driver to keep moving even if the driver is tired.

The additional session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the second-floor grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. The session will be split into two parts with a half-hour break in between.

Those who cannot make it to the session can participate via a live webcast or by phone. The FMCSA will post a link at www.fmcsa.dot.gov prior to the session that includes the webcast link and call-in number.

Truckers have a number of ways they can comment on the issue as well. Those include by fax to 1-202-493-2251; by mail to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001; by hand delivery to the same address; and online via a federal online rulemaking portal on the agency’s website.

Don’t forget the docket number, which is FMCSA-2010-0167. Background documents are available at www.regulations.gov.

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