Safety & Compliance

ELog Proposal Goes to Office of Management and Budget

August 09, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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Trucking is a small step closer to an electronic logging mandate.

The Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication.

The schedule calls for OMB to finish its review by early November, and for publication to follow by mid-November. A two-month comment period will follow. The final rule could show up in 2014 or 2015.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which drafted the rule, has spent the past several months surveying drivers and carriers on the role of electronic logs in driver harassment.

Harassment became a key issue in the pending rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

The agency also is acting under orders from Congress, which last year included an ELD mandate in the highway bill and required that the rule take harassment into account.

In addition to addressing harassment, the proposal will set the mandate, establish minimum standards for elog devices and set requirements for supporting documents.




  1. 1. gary bary [ August 09, 2013 @ 07:58AM ]

    I think mandated elogs are a fantastic idea. For operators of big trucks, straight trucks, ice cream trucks, buses, passenger cars, motorcycles, farm tractors, Amish buggies and that little red wagon you drag the kids around in on Saturday morning. Safety for everything and everyone.

    Now that I think about it, I've seen some pretty exhausted folks pushing around shopping carts at the local market. I can see a "CartCheck 2013" coming to Kroger aisles in the near future - "Ma'am you'll need to shut it down for 10 here in the produce section, we've determined you're a risk to the bagged lettuce due to fatigue.". It hardly seems fair that only one segment of the public should benefit from the wisdom of Queen Ann and her merry pranksters at the FMCSA.

  2. 2. wheel guy [ August 12, 2013 @ 06:26AM ]

    I agree with your sarcasm that e-logs have nothing to do with safety and all to do with control, with the ultimate goal being a mandate to NOT work. Our regulators are hell bent on reducing the standard of living in this country for the people who actually work so they can have us all on the government dole where the bureaucrats can have us under their ultimate control.

  3. 3. jammer [ August 12, 2013 @ 06:54AM ]

    Gary,your comment was right on. They call these rule changes are for safty, but in REAL LIFE, some are nothing harassment for seasoned drivers. I don't need to be babysitted to be able to do my job safely. Heck why not put EOBR on lawts enforcement vehicle, firetrucks and everything that moves, all in the name of safety, even though it has NOTHING to do with safty, it's a money thing. Lets be real, which our babysitter Ann can't seem to do.

  4. 4. tj [ August 12, 2013 @ 08:09AM ]

    yes those things will cause more wrecks well have drivers working one day during the day and the next day at night no regular sleep i think the rich people all ready did a study on this and how unhealthy that sleep pattern is it would seem they could regulate our times at shippers and recivers and pay us how about [email protected]

  5. 5. Amish Trucker [ August 14, 2013 @ 08:04AM ]

    I hope the study included the economic consequences of increased fuel use because truckers who don't want to sleep in their truck 10 minutes from home or on an unsafe ramp when the truckstop is full, will increase their speed to arrive somewhere safely, I mean compliantly. We all no speed doesn't kill.

  6. 6. Nite rider [ August 17, 2013 @ 08:37AM ]

    The Washington bureaucrat"s have already invested largely in the eobr manufacturer"s? So you know it's going to be a mandatory law? It's all about the money just follow the trail? Big trucking firms are pushing for it as a way to babysit there least experienced drivers? And this relieves the liability and responsibility from them, by putting it on the driver?

  7. 7. Cliff Downing [ August 17, 2013 @ 12:43PM ]

    Any mandate is not about big carriers wanting to baby sit their drivers. They could do that right now without any mandate. It is about a supposed "leveling the field" between carriers. The major players want government to mandate EOBR's and Speed Limiters so that no one might have an "edge" over them. Still haven't figured out why some think this is about safety. Never has been. It has been, and stated as such by the FMCSA, all about compliance. I use an e-log. I like it. I have no desire to see any "mandate" from the government.


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