Livestock Haulers Spared Another 90 Days from ELD Mandate, NCBA Looking for a Permanent FixWed, 14 Mar 2018 11:13:46 CDT
Animal agriculture received welcomed news late Tuesday, when the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration announced that an additional 90 days would be added to the existing extension for livestock haulers in regard to the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and the Hours of Service rule. Alison Cook of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remarked on the announcement to Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, saying that this extension will allow producers to continue operating as usual until mid-June, give the FMCSA more opportunity to educate agricultural haulers on the mandate and buy the livestock industry valuable extra time to hopefully resolve this issue with a permanent fix.
“I think through this whole conversation on ELDs we know that the larger issue at hand is Hours of Service and that the current Hours of Service - which are again 11 hours of drive time, 14 hours on duty and then a 10-hour rest - just don’t really work for the live haul community,” Cook said. “We have an animal welfare piece that we have to be concerned about at all times and we have weather to deal with and those animals, we have to be worried about how that weather negatively affects them.”
With this new-found time, Cook insists every angle is being explored, especially by the beef and pork industries to find a solution that will keep haulers in compliance with federal regulations but also one that mindfully addresses the unique considerations that need to be made for livestock being transported.
“We’re looking to our friends in Congress and working on language to fix Hours of Service so it works for livestock haulers,” she said. “And, we’ll continue to work with FMCSA for more flexibility. We’ve been attacking ELDs and Hours of Service from any way possible at this point and we will continue to do so.”
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