In an announcement in yesterday's Federal Register, the agency explained that the survey is in response to a court order that it be sure to address the risk of harassment in its proposed rule.
In August 2011, a federal appeals court tossed out an earlier version of the EOBR rule, saying it did not do enough to prevent harassment. This was in response to a suit filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
"The surveys will broadly examine the issue, and look for specific countermeasures or best practices to prevent harassment," the agency said.
The agency expects to reach 1,039 carriers and drivers in combinations of personal in-depth interviews, Web-based interviews and telephone interviews.