FMCSA committee to discuss EOBR specs

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold working group and subcommittee meetings Monday-Thursday, Oct. 24-27.

The subcommittee will continue its review of the functional specifications for electronic onboard recorders published by FMCSA as part of its final rule concerning EOBRs published April 5, 2010, but subsequently vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and will provide suggestions to address stakeholder concerns about new specifications.

During the first two days, a working group of the subcommittee will discuss with FMCSA technical specifications related to wireless communications protocols that may be needed to ensure successful and secure transmission of data from EOBRs to enforcement officials.

The final two days will be devoted to a meeting of the full MCSAC EOBR subcommittee. The working group and subcommittee will discuss technical issues the full MCSAC should consider in providing input to the agency as it develops functional specifications for EOBRs used in lieu of handwritten records of duty status.

The meetings, open to the public, will be held each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the Sheraton Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va., in meeting rooms Crystal V and VI.