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FMCSA extends comment period for proposed electronic logging device rule

Following a request by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA has extended the comment period for its proposed electronic logging device mandate, pushing back the comment period 30 days to June 26.

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CVSA Executive Director Stephen Keppler formally requested the extension May 7 in letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, citing the complexity and significance of the rule as reasons. The comment period originally was set to conclude May 27.

In its notice for the extension, FMCSA says it “acknowledges CVSA’s concerns” and has granted the extension “to provide all interested parties additional time to submit comments on this rulemaking.”

The rule, when made final, will require all truck drivers who currently must keep records of duty status to use an electronic logging device, formerly known as electronic onboard recorders.

After the comment period ends, the agency will begin work on a final rule, which likely will be published later this year.

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The effective date of the rule will be two years after publication of the final rule, meaning the ELD mandate should go into effect late 2016.

Comments on the rule can be made online at regulations.gov using the Docket Number FMCSA-2010-0167 or by email at oira_submissions@omb.eop.gov, using the subject line Attention: Desk Officer for FMCSA, DOT. They can also be faxed to 202-395-6566.

Submissions can also be made by mail: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, ATTN: Desk Officer, FMCSA, DOT.

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James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at jjaillet@randallreilly.com.