The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers.

The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication. There it joins the long-awaited elog proposal that will call for onboard recorders to track driver hours of service.

The two proposals are related by a 2011 court order that told the agency it has to make sure that carriers cannot use electronic logging to coerce drivers.  In addition, the current highway law known as MAP-21 extends the coercion ban to shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries.

The details of the agency’s approach will be available when the proposal is published, perhaps by the end of March.