This week, the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee ("MCSAC") finalized its recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMSCA") regarding technical details of the pending electronic onboard recorder ("EOBR") requirement. Details of the recommendations will be available later this week or the next.
Generally, the MCSAC will provide counsel on 16 separate issues, ranging from a mechanism for showing the log to the inspecting officer to data security and certification of the recording devices.
The committee, a panel of 19 officials from the industry, the enforcement community and labor and safety advocacy groups, has been working on the issue for months at the FMCSA's request. The FMCSA is not bound by the committee's recommendations, but is closely involved in the deliberations among the members.
The EOBR rule is for the time being in legal limbo. FMCSA has decided it will not appeal the decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit which vacated the rule that was schedule to take effect next June. Instead, it will address the court's concerns about driver harassment in a final rule.
The rule would affect some 5,700 interstate carriers, the agency has estimated. It is the precursor to a much broader mandate that will cover practically all carriers, probably several years from now.