Electronic Logging Devices (ELD's) / Hours of Service (HOS) Rules
Since the scheduled deadline in 2017, DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a series of delays of the ELD mandate for agricultural haulers.
Why Are ELDs a Problem For Livestock Haulers?
Unfortunately, any expiration of the current delay of the ELD enforcement date and existing hours of service (HOS) rules may force small business owners out of the marketplace while also having the unintended impact of decreasing driver safety, and jeopardizing the wellbeing of hauled animals if they can no longer be hauled by highly skilled and trained drivers/stockmen.
Where Do We Stand Right Now?
Current 150 Air-Mile Exemption: The exemption allows anyone hauling agricultural commodities to be exempt from Hours of Service rules until they are outside of the 150-air mile radius (172 road miles) of their pick-up point. NCBA hopes to secure the same exemption for the back-end of agricultural commodity hauls to provide further flexibility during the unloading period. NCBA asks for cosponsorship of H.R. 4919 - The TREAD Act: The Responsible Efficient Agriculture Destination Act. This bill was introduced by Reps. Angie Craig (MN - D) and Lloyd Smucker (PA - R).
What Solution is NCBA Proposing?
- Cosponsor and pass H.R. 4919 - The TREAD Act: The Responsible Efficient Agriculture Destination Act. This bill was introduced by Reps. Angie Craig (MN - D) and Lloyd Smucker (PA - R). This bill fixes the seasonality issue that still faces about 10 states and adds the 150 air-mile exemption for agriculture commodity haulers from the source of a haul to include the destination also. This would add the current exemption to the back-end of agriculture commodity hauls.
- Delay ELD Enforcement for Livestock Haulers: The current ELD enforcement deadline needs to be delayed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) no less than one year to allow adequate time for industry concerns to be addressed as well as necessary educational training on the actual ELDs and livestock exemptions.
- Provide Increased Flexibility within HOS: Hours of Service (HOS) rules for livestock haulers must be made more flexible so that drivers can safely do their jobs while preserving the welfare of the animals. Uncertainty About New FMCSA Guidance