ELD mandate exemption extended for livestock haulers
ELD mandate exemption extended for livestock haulers

A $1.3 trillion spending bill has extended the ELD mandate exemption for livestock haulers until September 30, 2018. Both chambers of the Congress passed the bill, and President Donald Trump has signed the bill into law.

According to the bill, livestock haulers are exempt from complying with the ELD mandate until the fiscal year ends — September 30, 2018.

Keep in mind that this exemption is only for livestock haulers. Ag haulers will comply with the last month’s ruling by the FMCSA that allowed a 3-month ELD exemption to agriculture and livestock haulers.

Allison Cooke, who…

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TRALA wants the ELD mandate exemption to be extended
TRALA wants the ELD mandate exemption to be extended

After being granted a 90-day reprieve from the ELD rule on January 19, the association of truck rental companies wants another exemption.

This time, however, TRALA wants the ELD exemption for short-term rental trucks — defined as trucks leased for 30 days or less — to run until the end of 2018.

TRALA explained that giving them until the end of 2018 to comply with the ELD mandate “would provide rental-vehicle owners, carriers, and drivers with additional time to develop compliance strategies for dealing with the unique issues relating to the use of ELDs in short-term rental vehicles.”

According…

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National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) seeks ELD exemption for drivers
National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) seeks ELD exemption for drivers

The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, which represents 4000 members, has filed an ELD exemption request.

The application was recently submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, requesting an exemption from the ELD mandate for the NECA members.

The application doesn’t mention the number of commercial vehicles that the exemption would apply to, but the NECA has stated that one of its “large” contractors fleet comprises of 13,766 commercial vehicles.

NECA demands the ELD exemption on the grounds that driving is a secondary job responsibility for its drivers. Their primary job is carrying out…

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OOIDA’s ELD exemption request meets strong criticism in joint comments by ATA, Safety Advocates, and the CVSA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) recently filed an application with the FMCSA to grant a five-year ELD mandate exemption for crash-free small business carriers.

The agency published OOIDA’s application for public comments where it got slammed by several groups including the Trucking Alliance, the CVSA, and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

The joint comments complain that the application by OOIDA is just an attempt to bypass Congress and courts and delay the ELD mandate compliance further.

Here are some of the points that the opposition raised against…

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The FMCSA exempts short-term rental trucks until April 19, 2018
The FMCSA exempts short-term rental trucks until April 19, 2018

On January 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a three-month ELD mandate waiver for short-term rental trucks.

The exemption was sought by the Truck Rental and Leasing Association (TRALA) late last year and took effect on January 19. It would run until April 19, 2018.

The 90-day waiver — which is a one-time exemption — allows short-term rental trucks to use paper logs to record their hours of service (HOS) and grants rental companies more time to install an electronic logging device (ELD).

TRALA is a group of nearly…

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The FMCSA Will Issue a 90-Day ELD Waiver for Short-Term Rental Trucks

According to a recent development, the FMCSA has agreed to grant a temporary 90-day ELD waiver for short-term rental trucks.

One important thing to note here is that “short-term” rental trucks will be defined as being rented out for a period of 30 days or less. This will be a noticeable change from the last time the FMCSA granted a temporary ELD exemption to TRALA, which was only granted to trucks rented for a period of eight or fewer days.

As you might remember, a few months ago TRALA requested the FMCSA to grant a 5-year ELD mandate…

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