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Livestock Industry Seeks Petition to Waive ELD Requirement for Haulers - Comment Now!

 

On October 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a petition submitted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the National Pork Producers Council and other livestock organizations requesting a waiver to exempt livestock haulers from having to comply with regulations set to take affect December 17, 2017, requiring commercial drivers to comply with the federal hours of service rules using an electronic logging device (ELD).

 

NCBA and CCA are actively pursuing changes to the federal hours of service regulations to recognize the need to deliver cattle to their final destination in the quickest possible fashion, all the while ensuring proper roadway safety. A waiver granted by FMCSA will provide the additional time necessary to make these changes. NCBA and CCA was also successful in including language in the 2018 House Appropriations bill to delay the ELD compliance date for livestock haulers by an additional year. Efforts are underway to urge the Senate to maintain the one year delay in final bill during conference. Supporting both the petition and our efforts in Congress will help yield the best possible results.

 

It's crucial you lend your voice to this effort and comment immediately in support of the petition by urging FMCSA to grant the waiver. The comment period will remain open until November 30, 2017


Comments can be submitted by clicking here

 

It may be helpful to include the following points made in the petition in your comments as to why the waiver is needed:

 

(1) Livestock haulers are not, and will not be prepared to meet the December 18, 2017 compliance date;

 

(2) The current ELD retail marketplace does not clearly support the needs of livestock haulers and questions remain as to whether current ELD devices can accommodate HOS exemptions currently utilized by the livestock industry;

 

(3) There is a significant lack of education and awareness by livestock haulers and the livestock producers they service regarding the ELD mandate, current exemptions, and the use and operation of ELDs, requiring time for adequate outreach and training to take place; and

 

(4) Concern over the ELD mandate has exposed incompatibilities between the HOS rules and the livestock industry, and is causing disruption for livestock haulers, increasing already severe driver shortages, and endangering the health and welfare of the millions of animals transported by livestock carriers daily.

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