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Senate Approves ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers
USAgNet - 08/03/2018

An amendment added to the Senate's "minibus" spending bill would grant livestock haulers another year-long extension to implement Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). Drovers reports that the amendment was proposed by Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) to delay implementation of the ELD mandate until Sept. 30, 2019. Fischer says the legislation is important because livestock haulers face different challenges from other transporters who are currently using an ELD under regulations from the Department of Transportation.

"With this extension, we will have more time to bring common-sense to these rules and provide additional flexibility," Fischer says.

There is currently an extension in place for ELD implementation that expires at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2018, that was authorized through an omnibus spending bill signed by President Trump in March.

Placing a further extension will give regulators from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) time to work with livestock transporters and producers to find a resolution to the hours of service (HOS) mandate that is reinforced through the ELD.

Livestock groups like the U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA) were thankful to Senator Fischer for moving the legislation forward. USCA Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hilker says the HOS rules as currently written do not offer enough flexibility for hauling live animals.

At the House level a similar extension amendment made its way through committee to be considered on the House floor when the appropriations bill goes to vote.

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