The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies recently approved the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. Included in the bill is a one-year delay of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate for livestock and insect haulers, which is slated to go into effect on Dec. 18.  

The requirements of the ELD mandate may force small business owners out of the marketplace while also having the unintended impact of jeopardizing the well-being of hauled animals if they can no longer be hauled by highly skilled and trained drivers/cattle workers.  

The bill still needs to be considered by the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate has not yet released its version of the 2018 Department of Transportation appropriations bill.