FMCSA revises onboard recorder guidance to allow drivers to make corrections

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ELD in use_D3S4177The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidance pertaining to automatic onboard recording devices (a form of e-log) to give drivers a chance to correct inaccurate information.

The guidance states that “within certain limits, a driver must be allowed to review his or her AOBRD records, annotate and correct inaccurate records, enter any missing information, and certify the accuracy of the information.”

FMCSA says the AOBRD has to keep the original entries and reflect the date, time and name of the person making edits to the information.

“Drivers’ supervisors may request that a driver make edits to correct errors, but the driver must accept or reject such requests,” FMCSA says in the Federal Register entry announcing the change.

Driving time cannot be edited except with unidentified or team drivers and when driving time was assigned to the wrong driver or no driver at all, FMCSA says.

AOBRDs came about in the mid-1980s are a replacement for paper logs, and FMCSA published its first regulatory guidance concerning amending the devices’ info in 1997.

The agency said it acknowledges that drivers “need to be able to make legitimate corrections to their electronic AOBRD records.”

The new regulatory guidance will be effective the date it’s published in the Federal Register. It’s scheduled to be published Friday, Oct. 2.