Update: A $1.3 trillion spending bill, passed by both chambers of the Congress and signed by President Trump, has extended the ELD exemption for livestock haulers. They now have until September 30, 2018, to comply with the ELD mandate.

The FMCSA has announced that truckers hauling livestock and ag products now have until June 18, 2018, to comply with the ELD mandate. In the meanwhile, ag/livestock haulers can continue to use paper logs.

The FMCSA’s ELD mandate became effective on December 18, 2017. However, considering the unique challenges that livestock/ag haulers face, the FMCSA announced a short-term waiver for them.

According to the short-term waiver, livestock/ag haulers had until March 18, 2018, to comply with the FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate.

Now, the agency has decided to give another extension of 90 days to ag haulers — until June 18, 2018.

According to Joe Delorenzo, the FMCSA’s Head of Enforcement, the extension would allow the FMCSA “to continue to work on outreach and communication with the ag community, so they have the fullest understanding of the rule and regulations.”

Who will be exempt?

According to the FMCSA, drivers who haul “any agricultural commodity, non-processed food, feed, fiber, or livestock” will be covered by the waiver.

The FMCSA defines livestock as “… cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry (including egg-producing poultry), fish used for food and other animals designated … that are part of a foundation herd or offspring.”

It is important to note that the extension applies to all drivers hauling the loads mentioned above, whether or not they cross state lines.

In short, if you were covered by the first ELD waiver, you’d be exempt from complying with the ELD mandate until June 18, 2018.

A copy of the waiver

Drivers who are covered by the exemption are advised to keep a copy of the FMCSA’s waiver with them.

The FMCSA has confirmed that it will soon formally publish the exemption extension in the Federal Register.

The FMCSA to issue further guidance

It’s also important to remember that the waiver does not modify the HOS regulations for livestock/ag haulers in any way.

Some hours-of-service regulations for ag haulers have been questioned after the ELD mandate implementation. The FMCSA said that it will issue further guidance in the coming months.

The guidance will be related to the 150 air-mile radius exemption, personal conveyance, and ELD usage.

Ensuring compliance

The FMCSA has extended the waiver for livestock/ag haulers. It means that drivers covered by this waiver have until June 18 to comply with the ELD mandate.

However, many ag haulers are installing Motive ELDs anyway because of the various benefits our electronic logging devices offer.

If you want to learn more, read how do livestock/ag haulers benefit from Motive ELDs?

Moreover, installing ELDs before the deadline will help you with driver training, understanding how the device works and setting a strong foundation for a smooth transition.

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