90-day delay in Electronic Logging Device mandate

WASHINGTON — Editor’s note: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a 90-day delay to the Electronic Logging Device mandate for those who transport agricultural commodities. The below statements are from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, respectively.

FMCSA Issues Additional 90-day Waiver of ELD Mandate for Ag

Yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an additional 90-day waiver of the ELD Mandate for all transporters of agricultural commodities. The initial 90-day waiver that FMCSA issued in November 2017 was set to expire on March 18th.

Director of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Joe DeLorenzo, and FMCSA Deputy Administrator, Cathy Gautreaux, also announced that further guidance related to the “personal conveyance” provision and the 150-air miles exemption will be released soon.

USCA Executive Vice President Kelly Fogarty issued the following statement:

“The 90-day waiver issued by FMCSA for all haulers of agricultural commodities was set to expire by the end of this week, on Sunday, March 18th. Though we’re pleased with the additional 90-day waiver, this does not alleviate the underlying Hours-of-Services concerns that the livestock industry has brought forth to FMCSA. We look forward to working with FMCSA, Congress, and other stakeholders groups in the days ahead to continue pushing for a viable solution to the restrictive Hours of Service rules.”

—U.S. Cattlemen’s Association

NCBA Applauds Another 90-Day Delay in Electronic Logging Device Mandate

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will be delayed another 90 days for agricultural haulers:

“This is obviously good news for America’s cattle haulers and producers, and it will provide FMCSA (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) more time to educate our livestock haulers on the ELDs while industry works on solutions to the current Hours of Service rules that simply do not work for those hauling live animals.

“We would like to thank Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez for listening to our concerns and working with us to find a permanent, workable solution.”