NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    FMCSA issues guidance on HOS tracking technology

    June 17, 2010

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on June 10 issued regulatory guidance and policy changes on technology-generated records used to track hours-of-service compliance.

    The guidance and policy changes relate to FMCSA's authority to access data from commercial motor vehicle drivers' electronic mobile communication/tracking technology, or electronic onboard monitors, which are used to assess compliance with HOS regulations. In a June 10 Federal Register notice (.pdf file), FMCSA addressed concerns that it would use the records solely for enforcement, as well as confusion about requirements for retaining and producing documents upon demand. The agency stressed that the new policy is intended to be used by enforcement personnel as guidance in making enforcement decisions, and is not intended to alter a motor carrier's duty to ensure its employees and agents are complying with applicable regulations.

    The changes are being made in anticipation of a notice of proposed rulemaking for HOS, slated to be issued before the year's end.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.