[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 95 (Friday, May 16, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 28471-28472]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11244]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Parts 385, 386, 390, and 395

[Docket No. FMCSA-2010-0167]
RIN 2126-AB20


Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting 
Documents

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of 
comment period.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA extends the public comment period for the Agency's March 
28, 2014, supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) concerning 
the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and Hours of Service Supporting 
Documents rulemaking.

DATES: FMCSA is extending the comment period for the supplemental 
notice of proposed rulemaking published on March 28, 2014 (79 FR 
17656). You must submit comments by June 26, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number FMCSA-
2010-0167 or RIN 2126-AB20, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department 
of

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Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The 
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. 
See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah M. Freund, Vehicle and 
Roadside Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and 
Operations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001 or by telephone at 202-
366-5370.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate in this rulemaking by 
submitting comments, data, and related materials. All comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will 
include any personal and/or copyrighted information you provide.

A. Submitting Comments

    You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, 
or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA 
recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email 
address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA 
can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket number ``FMCSA-2010-0167'' and 
click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue 
``Comment Now!'' button on the right hand side of the page. On the new 
page, enter information required including the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or 
hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ 
by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit 
comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, 
please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    We will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your 
comments. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of 
the comment period.

B. Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble, and to submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
``FMCSA-2010-0167'' and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket 
Folder'' and you will find all documents and comments related to the 
proposed rulemaking.

C. Privacy Act

    Anyone is able to search the electronic form for all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the 
USDOT Privacy Act system of records notice for the DOT Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) in the Federal Register published on December 
29, 2010 (75 FR 82132) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-12-29/pdf/2010-32876.pdf.

II. Background

    On March 28, 2014, FMCSA published an SNPRM (79 FR 17656). This 
SNPRM included a proposal that would improve commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) safety and reduce the overall paperwork burden for both motor 
carriers and drivers by increasing the use of ELDs within the motor 
carrier industry, which would in turn improve compliance with the 
applicable Hours of Service (HOS) rules. Specifically, this rule 
proposed to: (1) Require new technical specifications for ELDs that 
address statutory requirements; (2) mandate ELDs for drivers currently 
using record of duty status; (3) clarify supporting document 
requirements so that motor carriers and drivers can comply efficiently 
with HOS regulations, and so that motor carriers can make the best use 
of ELDs and related support systems as their primary means of recording 
HOS information and ensure HOS compliance; and (4) adopt procedural and 
technical provisions aimed at ensuring that ELDs are not used to harass 
vehicle operators.
    On May 7, 2014 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) 
requested the Agency for an extension of the comment period for the 
SNPRM. A copy of the request is included in the docket as comment 
FMCSA-2010-0167-0858 (available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FMCSA-2010-0167-0858). CVSA believes that due to the 
complexity and significance of the rulemaking, including the new 
technical standards, the public comment period should be extended by 30 
days.
    The FMCSA acknowledges CVSA's concerns. After reviewing the 
request, FMCSA has decided to grant a 30-day extension, to June 26, to 
provide all interested parties additional time to submit comments on 
this rulemaking.

    Issued on: May 12, 2014.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-11244 Filed 5-15-14; 8:45 am]
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