FMCSA Extends Comment Period on EOBR Rule

FMCSA Extends Comment Period on EOBR Rule

The Department of Transportation is giving the public more time to comment on a proposal that would require electronic onboard recorders in most heavy trucks.

The deadline for public comment on the proposed EOBR rule will be extended to May 23, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday.

The extension was sought by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which represents state and provincial law enforcement agencies dealing with trucks.

The American Trucking Associations also asked the FMCSA to extend its deadline for 45 days. The Feb. 17 rulemaking originally set a comment deadline on April 4.

The proposed rule would replace paper logbooks with electronic devices. Truckers would no longer have to keep delivery and toll receipts to support their logs.

The proposal will divide the trucking industry, pitting larger carriers against smaller companies and owner-operators concerned by the potential cost of EOBRs.

Motor carriers would have three years to comply with the rule, but violators would face civil penalties of up to $11,000 per offense, the FMCSA said in its proposal.

-- Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.