FMCSA May Drop No-Defect Inspection Reports
The FMCSA is considering whether or not to completely drop the requirement to file a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report when no defects are found during the driver’s daily pre-trip inspection. The move could save the trucking industry as much as $1.5 billion annually.
A similar rule applicable only to intermodal equipment was published last year and is set to go into effect on June 12. The agency hopes to have a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the change published by early September.
EOBR-Based Driver Harassment To Be Reviewed by FMCSA
Black box devices, technically known as electronic on board recorders (EOBR), can potentially enable driver harassment. Based on the previous EOBR rule being overturned in a court challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the FMCSA is currently reviewing the potential for the data-recording devices to be used by dispatchers and law enforcement to harass drivers. Public comments on the issue are being accepted through June 27th.