EOBR Mandate Has Passed
The U.S. Congress has adopted a bill that requires drivers to track their hours of service using electronic logging devices. If you must file a record of duty status (RODS), this mandate affects you. So, consider this your go-to resource for current legislation, stakeholder positions on the EOBR rule and how trucking regulatory compliance will impact your business.
A new update was made to the DOT’s significant rule making document over the weekend, and it appears to be another 2-week delay to the details of the ELD mandate being published.
The current official dates for the mandate are:
|End of Comment Period||04/18/2013||04/01/2014|
So we’re still waiting on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to clear the rule-making and send it back to the FMCSA for final approval, before a publication date of January 29.
Once the rule is published, there will be a 60-day public comment period, which will end April 1.
After the public comment period, the FMCSA will adjust the rule based on feedback from the comment period, a process that could take approximately 3-9 months.
The effective date for the enforcement of the new rule is two years after issuance of the final rule. We project this could be in the end of 2016 or early 2017.
As soon as we learn anything new, or get our hands on the document to understand it more clearly, we’ll be sure to update you here!January 6, 2014
On December 19th, the FMCSA released additional guidance for short-haul drivers. Do you sometimes exceed the distance or time limits that would otherwise allow you to take advantage of short-haul exemptions? Then, you’ll want to read this clarification on 30-minute rest breaks in 395.1 e.December 17, 2013
The EOBR mandate timeline is still very much a moving target, but we wanted to share with you all the latest that we know:
- The Supplemental Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) has cleared the Office of the Secretary and moved into the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- The FMCSA is projecting clearance from OMB the week of December 15.
- We are now expecting a published SNPRM on December 23, as reported in the latest DOT Significant Rulemaking report.
On Monday, a mammoth tornado spanning 1.3 miles wide cut a path through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. In the end, 24 people were killed, nine of them children. And now, as the work of picking up the pieces begins, the trucking industry will find itself at the center of the Oklahoma disaster relief effort.April 15, 2013
In June of 2012, the U.S. Congress adopted the MAP-21 bill. Among other things, the bill requires the use of an electronic logging device to track hours of service for all carriers that are required to file a record of duty status (RODS). This decision affects fleet owners, fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers, whether independent, a small fleet or a large fleet.
EOBR implementation timeline
As we all know, the timeline for implementation has been a moving target. The timetable was thrown off in 2012 when proposed rules were challenged in court.
Planning is difficult with uncertain timing, but here are some general guidelines based on what we hear from observers in Washington:
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