Bus and truck companies that have a history of serious hours of service (HOS) violations are being targeted under a proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule.
If the rule becomes law, those companies could be required to install electronic on-board recorders on all their commercial vehicles for a minimum of two years.
The proposed rule would also encourage companies to use the recorders voluntarily, by providing incentives, such as partial relief from HOS supporting document requirements.
If the proposed rule passes, FMCSA estimates that within the first two years, approximately 930 carriers with 17,500 drivers would be required to use electronic on-board recorders.
These devices can track a driver’s identity and duty status, dates, times and locations of commercial vehicles, and distance traveled. The proposed rule would add a requirement for global positioning system (GPS) technology to be used to automatically identify the location of the vehicle, which further reduces the chances that hours of service information will be falsified.