Proposed driver coercion prevention rule clears OMB, awaits publication

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s so-called Prohibition of Coercion rule has cleared the next hurdle in the rulemaking process, as the White House’s Office of Management and Budget has given the regulation its stamp of approval.

With the clearance, the rule likely will be published in the next several weeks in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The rule has not yet been made public, but according to FMCSA documents, the rule would work to prevent coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers, receivers and brokers as a byproduct of federal regulations by requiring FMCSA to consider the potential for coercion when developing rules.

The rule will have a 60-day public comment period upon the date of its Federal Register publication.