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FMSCA Says Log Recorders 'Not Feasible' for Smaller Carriers

January 31, 2002

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.
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