The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing a 90-day waiver of the ELD mandate for all transporters of agricultural commodities, including livestock haulers. The 90-day period will begin on December 18.
FMCSA has heard concerns specific to the transportation of agricultural commodities, especially the transportation of livestock. While those concerns are specifically related to the hours-of-service requirements and not ELD, FMCSA feels it is important to take additional time to evaluate these issues, and therefore will be issuing a 90-day waiver for these groups to all the Agency to fully evaluate recently filed exemption requests.
In the coming weeks, FMCSA will publish guidance for comment relating to the application of the agricultural commodity hours-of-service exemption. FMCSA will also provide guidance on the existing 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption in order to provide clarity to enforcement and industry, and will consider comments received before publishing final guidance.
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association looks forward to continuing dialogue with the agency to provide relief for transporters from the restrictive hours-of-service rules, a regulatory burden that will have a severe impact on the ability of livestock haulers to continue to do business in a way that is both economically feasible and ensures the utmost consideration for animal welfare and safety.