Senators Support Delay in ELD Mandate for Livestock Haulers

Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are leading a bipartisan attempt to delay electronic logging device (ELD) implementation for livestock haulers.

On Dec. 5, 20 senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader (R-KY) Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader (D-NY) Chuck Schumer, supporting a provision in the House-passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations. Language in THUD delays enactment of ELD rules for commercial motor vehicles transporting livestock or insects.

The letter says a delay will allow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) additional time so adjustments can be made in hours of service rules that will help address animal welfare concerns.

“Livestock haulers are charged with the challenging task of ensuring motorist safety while protecting the welfare of animals being transported,” the senators write.

A number of agriculture groups including the United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) have been asking for a delay in implementation to adjust the hours of service.

“We applaud each and every Senator who signed-onto this letter for showing their support of small business owners in rural and agricultural America. A vast majority of livestock haulers are both the owner and operator of their business and this upcoming regulation will disproportionately affect our ability to do business efficiently and affordably,” says Steve Hilker, USCA transportation committee chairman and owner of Steve Hilker Trucking Inc. in Cimarron, Kan.

ELDs are a record keeping device synchronized to a truck engine that logs information digitally. In real-time an ELD records data such as time spent on the road, miles driven, location and engine hours.

“Given that we are hauling a living, breathing commodity, the comfort and welfare of our cargo is of the utmost concern to livestock haulers. Once loaded onto the truck, these animals must get to their destination as quickly and safely as possible. An ELD would only serve to increase the number of stops included on a trip, extending the overall time that the cattle are on the trailer and adding additional stress during an already difficult experience in that animal's life,” Hilker says.

FMCSA has put a 90-day delay on the implementation ELDs for agriculture commodities. A 90-day waiver for agriculture commodities will begin on Dec. 18 in an effort for FMCSA to evaluate issues revolving around the hours of service requirements.

The full letter can be read here.

Along with Moran and Heitkamp, 18 other senators signed the letter. The other senators included:

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
  • Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)                        
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)                        
  • Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)                      
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)                      
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)                            
  • Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)                             
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)                               
  • Sen. Mike Lee ( R-UT)
  • Sen. James Risch (R-ID)                             
  • Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)


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Submitted by David Leonard on Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:13

This whole fiasco of elds , cameras pointed at the interior of the trucks , different speed limits( 1 for cars , 1 for trucks) not about $aftey it is about control !!!

Submitted by Scott Akin on Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:48

How much control is enough control? How many wars have been fought over injustice? USA is supposed to be the land of the free.

Submitted by Scott Akin on Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:48

How much control is enough control? How many wars have been fought over injustice? USA is supposed to be the land of the free.

Submitted by Jerry on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 06:37

If I were senators really wanted to stop this mandate they would threaten to vote no on the new tax reform bill if they threaten with that you will see how fast that executive order comes to revoke this

Submitted by Charles evans on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:15

If one truck has to have them then they all should no matter what they haul. If it so critical for the animals then why don't they have teams to haul cattle? Wouldn't that be more logical and safer? I think we need to clean up our government and get these people out of there. This has gone far enough.

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