Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology
Notice of interpretation; request for participation in pilot demonstration project.
The FHWA believes global positioning system (GPS) technology and many of the complementary safety management computer systems currently being used by the motor carrier industry, provide at least the same degree of monitoring accuracy as the ``automatic on-board recorders'' allowed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), 49 CFR 395.15. Accordingly, the FHWA is announcing a voluntary program under which a motor carrier with GPS technology and related safety management computer systems may enter into an agreement with the FHWA to use such systems in a pilot demonstration project to record and monitor drivers' hours of service in lieu of complying with the handwritten ``records of duty status'' requirement of the FMCSRs, 49 CFR 395.8. Consistent with the President's initiatives in reinventing government and regulatory reform, the project is intended to demonstrate whether the motor carrier industry can use the technology to improve compliance with the hours-of-service requirements in a manner which promotes safety and operational efficiency while reducing paperwork requirements.