A $1.3 trillion spending bill, which was passed by both chambers of the Congress and later signed by President Trump last week, has allowed livestock haulers to run without ELDs until September 30, 2018.
Although President Trump earlier threatened to veto the bill, he later signed the bill into law.
One important thing to note here is that unlike the previous two ELD extensions by the FMCSA, this additional exemption does not apply to the broader agricultural industry.
The latest extension of the ELD exemption is only for livestock haulers.
To recall, the FMCSA extended the ELD waiver for ag/livestock haulers earlier this month, which pushed the ELD compliance deadline for them to June 18, 2018.
Now, this additional legislative exemption gives livestock haulers approximately three more months to switch from paper logs. In other words, the new deadline for livestock haulers is now September 30, 2018. For ag haulers, the deadline to comply with the ELD mandate is still June 18, 2018.
Allison Cooke, Executive Director for government affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says that this step “gives FMCSA more time to educate our haulers on the ELDs themselves, as well as make sure our law enforcement officers are aware of the agriculture exemptions that already exist for our livestock haulers.”
Kelly Fogarty, who is the Executive VP of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, told that the ELD provision in the legislation would give the group more opportunities to “secure needed flexibility for livestock haulers in the restrictive hours-of-service rules.”
In other news, the FMCSA is expecting that the proposed changes to ag-exemption and personal conveyance guidelines would be finalized by June 18, 2018.
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When the time comes for ELD compliance, livestock and ag haulers would require an FMCSA-compliant electronic logging solution.
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