Keeping time

New hours of service regulations are due to go into effect July 1, 2013.

Meanwhile, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has issued a report that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has calculated incorrectly the yearly cost-benefit of the upcoming rule changes by $322 million. At the heart of the matter are calculations based on logbook data regarding the 34-hour restart.

ATRI is the research wing of the American Trucking Associations and you can access the full report, Assessing the Impact of the 34-hour Restart Provisions, here.

ATRI maintains that the data collected is flawed.

Speaking of logbook data, Overdrive magazine reports that the FMCSA has sent a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Department of Transportation’s Secretary’s office for review, and that the agency expects to publish a proposed rule to mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders Nov. 18. Once the White House Office of Management and Budget clears the notice for the proposed rule it can be published for comment in the Federal Register.

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