Are ELogs Imminent?

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Today, the Office of Management and Budget approved the FMCSA’s proposed regulation to establish “minimum performance and design standards ” (1) minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs); (2) requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS); (3) requirements concerning HOS supporting documents; and (4) measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs.”

The agency says the proposed regulation supplements the FMCSA’s February 2011, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and that it addresses the concerns raised by the U.S. Court of Appeals in its 2011 decision that overturned the FMCSA’s April 5, 2010, electronic logs rule.

The OMB says the FMCSA’s proposed amendment would “improve compliance with the HOS rules.”

The proposed rule has now been sent back to the FMCSA for publication. 

Very few details have been released, however, the OMB’s ‘Statement of Need’ states that the FMCSA’s proposes to establish:

-Minimum performance standards for HOS devices.

-Requirements for the mandatory use of ELogs by drivers who are “currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status.”

-Requirements concerning supporting documents.

-Measures to address concerns of harassment that might result from the mandatory use of ELogs.