Photo: Omnitracs

Photo: Omnitracs

Citing the need for “additional coordination,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a “new projected date” of October 30th for issuing its final rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices.

That’s a month later than FMCSA had projected earlier this year for completing the rulemaking.

According to FMCSA, the final rule was sent to the Office of Management and Budget on July 28 and it now expects OMB to approve it by Oct. 26 so that the agency can publish it on Oct. 30.

FMCSA said the ELD rule will establish:

  • Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs)
  • Requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS)
  • Requirements concerning HOS supporting documents
  • Measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs

The ELD rule is but one of nearly a dozen significant rulemakings in the pipeline and FMCSA has pushed back all but two of the rules.

The reason for the delay, contends Annette Sandberg, a former FMCSA Administrator, is the pending confirmation hearing of current acting Administrator Scott Darling.