Livestock ELD exemption

Congress puts forth bill to extend the livestock ELD exemption

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill allowing livestock and agricultural haulers to keep paper logs until the end of September 2019. However, this bill needs some work before becoming finalized. Over the next two months, the House will have to work out the differences between the year-long extension for agricultural ELD exemptions that they had put to the table. After this, the bills will need to be passed again, with the approval of President Trump.

Might be easier said than done.

President Trump has threatened to deny appropriation packages put forth by Congress if they do not support his goal of building a wall along the U.S. border.

Agricultural ELD Exemption still good until September 2018.

In the meantime, the exemption for livestock drivers will still last until September 2018. We will keep you updated on what comes in the next two months as Congress finishes details between the two bills.

Other legislation on the table for consideration.

Other topics up for discussion by the Senate is the study regarding slip sleeper berths and how this affects the flexibility of hours of service, as well as the amendment to the ELD mandate that prevents each states from enforcing  rules that carriers must give drivers meal and rest breaks beyond what is currently required by federal regulations.

For further reading on other ELD exemptions see our blog post Update on ELD Mandate: ELD Exemptions and Ease of Transition.