FMCSA grants 90-day ELD delay

Haulers of ag commodities and livestock now have until March 18 to comply with electronic logging requirement.

Cattle AavangBy Kay Shipman

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted a 90-day delay for electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for all haulers of agricultural commodities and livestock. That means the requirements that were to take effect Dec. 18 have been delayed until March 18 for those individuals.

Under the new requirement, many truckers must use an ELD to record their time behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, a regulation frequently referred to as hours of service. A vast majority of Illinois farmers already qualify for one or more of the agricultural ELD exemptions, according to Illinois Farm Bureau Senior Director of Local Government Kevin Rund.

Rund advised most farmers would be “better off to operate under the covered farm vehicle (regulations), which excuse all hours of service and apply to anywhere in Illinois or 150 miles from the driver’s farm if traveling out of state.”

However, the newest FMCSA waiver contains no distance limitations, Rund pointed out.

Related: Confused by Covered Farm Vehicle transportation exemptions? Read more about the conditions here.

If truckers operate under the new waiver, they must have a satisfactory safety rating from FMSCA or be unrated. Rund speculated most farmers probably have no safety rating, but if they do, it must be “satisfactory.”

Truckers operating under the waiver also must carry a copy of the Federal Register Notice and present it to motor carrier safety officials when asked. Click here for a print-ready copy of the notice.

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