The FMCSA is all dressed up and ready to miss another deadline. By the end of the day today, they will have missed yet another deadline to publish rules on the use of Electronic Onboard Recorders (EOBRs).
To be fair, the FMCSA is still waiting on the ruling to clear the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, but this will mark the fourth month in a row that the FMCSA has failed to meet their own target date to publish a proposed rule that might mandate the use of EOBRs by all drivers.
The rule was initially supposed to be published no later than a year after the MAP-21 act which required it was signed in to law in July 2012 and then go in to effect no more than two years after that.
The FMCSA has not released any definitive information on what the proposed rule will contain, but according to an article published on OverdriveOnline, a report issued by the DOT in July of last year says that the rule is supposed to establish the four following items:
- Standards for EOBR devices themselves
- The requirement that all drivers use them
- Requirements of supporting hours of service documents
- Safeguards to ensure fleets and enforcement officials can’t use EOBRs to harass drivers.
Though it is not known if the FMCSA is still planning to include all of these items, the second requirement should be of particular interest to all drivers.