FMSCA Says Log Recorders 'Not Feasible' for Smaller Carriers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has concluded that it is “not economically feasible” for small and medium-size carriers to install electronic hours-of-service recorders on trucks. But the cost issue does not preclude the agency from requiring carriers to mount recording devices in truck cabs as part of a future hours-of-service rule, according to agency spokesman David Longo. FMCSA’s original proposal to revamp hours-of-service regulations would have required all regional and long-haul trucking operations to equip their trucks with onboard recorders. FMCSA also raised its estimate of the time it takes drivers to fill out logbooks to 6 ½ min-utes from 2 minutes daily.