The FMCSA has given another 90-day extension to livestock and ag haulers to comply with the ELD mandate.
They have now until June 18 to install compliant electronic logging devices. In the meanwhile, they can continue to use paper logs when required.
Although the ELD mandate became effective on December 18, 2017, livestock and ag haulers were finding it difficult to comply with the FMCSA’s mandate.
The agricultural industry faces unique and complex challenges; their problems were magnified with the implementation of the ELD mandate. Therefore, the FMCSA decided to grant a 90-day short-term waiver, so the agency could work with the agricultural community and come up with better solutions to ensure a smoother transition.
As it turned out, three months weren’t enough. Now, the FMCSA has extended the waiver until June, so it can “continue to work on outreach and communication with the ag community so they have the fullest understanding of the rule and regulations.”
According to the waiver, the exemption covers drivers who haul “any agricultural commodity, non-processed food, feed, fiber, or livestock.”
The agency 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.”
Drivers who are covered by the waiver should keep a copy of the waiver in the cab to help them during roadside inspections.
The FMCSA has confirmed that it will soon release additional guidance regarding ELD usage, personal conveyance, and the 150 air-mile radius exemption. The guidance will help livestock/ag haulers with the ELD mandate implementation.
Despite the temporary exemption, many livestock/ag haulers are installing electronic logging devices.
They realize that they will require compliant ELDs in the next few weeks anyway. By installing ELDs before the deadline, carriers are ensuring that their drivers and fleet managers are familiar with the devices.
Driver training is a significant aspect of successful ELD implementation. Installing ELDs before the deadline and doing trial runs is the only way to ensure that there are no hiccups after compliance is mandatory.
Moreover, feature-rich and powerful ELDs ensure minimized operational costs, reduced administrative burden, improved efficiency, and increased profits.
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