Yesterday, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017. H.R. 3282 would provide for a two year delay of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
On December 18, 2017 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) ELD mandate will go into effect. Carriers and drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by this deadline.
Most of our membership should be exempt if they can claim Covered Farm Vehicle (CFV) status since they do not have to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) inasmuch as they are exempt from Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.
However, there is great concern for those who haul livestock, live fish and insects that cannot use the CFV exemption. Current HOS rules mandate a driver only be “on duty” for 14 hours and actively driving for no more than 11 of those hours. Once a driver hits those maximum hour allotments, the driver must stop and rest for ten consecutive hours. We do not believe the impending ELD mandate adequately accommodates the concerns of the livestock and insect industry.
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