ATA comments on retention of HOS data

July 22, 2010

Members of the American Trucking Associations voiced both support of and "serious concern" about portions of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidance regarding maintaining duty-status and hours-of-service records, according to comments submitted July 8.

Arlington, VA-based ATA said although it supported FMCSA's efforts to provide clarity on requirements, a primary concern is that the guidance implies mandated use of information and records from electronic communication and tracking systems in HOS oversight activities. Another concern is related to a motor carrier's ability to challenge the accuracy of electronic communications and tracking data used for HOS oversight activities.

FMCSA's regulatory guidance and policy changes went into effect July 9. The changes were made in anticipation of a notice of proposed rulemaking for HOS, slated to be issued before the year's end.