The clock is ticking down to the unveiling of a pair of final rules later this year: mandatory electronic logs and a prohibition of coercion.
Both final rules were submitted on July 30 to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration anticipates the electronic log will publish in the Federal Register on Sept. 30. Prohibition of coercion is anticipated to be published Sept. 25.
The electronic logging device and hours-of-service supporting documents regulation will establish minimum performance and design standards for the logging devices; requirements for mandatory use of the devices; requirements on supporting documents drivers have to retain; and measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of the devices.
The prohibition of coercion regulation is in response to a congressional mandate in MAP-21. The regulation is to “ensure ... an operator of a commercial motor vehicle is not coerced by a motor carrier, shipper, receiver, or transportation intermediary to operate a commercial vehicle in violation of a regulation.”
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