FMCSA extends comment period on electronic logging device proposal

Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending to June 26 the comment period for its recent proposed rule on electronic logging devices for commercial buses and trucks.

The agency wants to require carriers to install the devices – previously referred to as “electronic onboard recorders” – in their vehicles to track driver compliance with hours-of-service regulations. The proposed rule would replace a 2010 final rule that FMCSA vacated in 2011 after an appeals court determined carriers could use the devices to harass drivers into working longer hours.

FMCSA granted a request from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to extend the comment period by 30 days after the alliance claimed the proposal’s complexity and technical standards required additional review time.