FMCSA Issues New Rule For Repeat HOS Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a rule Friday that will require carriers with repeat patterns of serious hours-of-service violations to use on-board recorders in all vehicles. The rule will go into effect June 1, 2012.

The agency also said it will begin the rulemaking process later this year to mandate Electronic On-Board Recorders for more carriers.

Under the rule, carriers with 10% or more HOS violations during a compliance review will be required to install and use EOBRs in all of their vehicles for at least two years, the FMCSA stated.

Carriers that voluntarily use EOBRs will be exempt from some of the FMCSA’s requirements regarding HOS supporting documents. The rules also outlines technical requirements for EOBRs, which record data about the amount of time a driver operates a vehicle.

The FMCSA estimates that 5,700 truck and bus companies would be required to use the EOBRs after the first year of implementation for the rule.

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