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FEB 2018

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Agriculture industry associa- tions are keeping a close eye on the F ederal Motor Carrier Safety Ad- ministration's hours-of-service reg- ulations pertaining to electronic logging devices, or ELDs. A ruling requiring ELDs in commercial mo- tor vehicles regulated by the De- partment of Transportation went into effect on December 18, 2017. On the same day, a 90-day waiver for trucks transporting agricultural c ommodities went into effect. Organizations like NCBA, the Livestock Marketing Association, the American Farm Bureau Feder- ation and many others have ques- tioned the hours-of-service man- dates affiliated with the ELD. The hours-of-service rule states that drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours, and can only work for a total of 14 hours, before taking a mandatory 10 hour break. The con- cern for the livestock industry are long distance hauls. To abide by the regulation, a livestock hauler would have to pull off the road once the 11 hour drive time is reached and take a 10 hour break before completing his trip. NCBA's Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Cooke said they continue to be in conver- sation with the Department of Transportation's understanding about hauling live animals. There is a request for a one-year delay for livestock haulers that could be in- cluded in the appropriations pack- age. A five-year waiver is also on the table. "We are hopeful that DOT will provide livestock haulers the needed longer-term waiver from the ELDs b efore our current 90-day waiver ends on March 18, 2018. We are still working with DOT to get this item achieved to give us more time to work with Congress on Hours of Service changes," Cooke said. The important thing is the wel- fare of the animals being transport- ed, and getting them where they need to go safely, she added. The DOT is looking at public comments submitted on the regu- lation, and members of Congress are interested in the issue. American Farm Bureau Federa- tion congressional relations direc- tor Andrew Walmsley said the man- date raises many concerns for l i v e s t o c k a n d a g c o m m o d i t y haulers. "I think there's a realization that there needs to be more flexibil- ity in the devices," he said. "There's also an understanding that you can't just leave live animals on a trailer overnight if a driver runs out of hours of service. All those factors are contributing for the need for the agency to continue to work with Farm Bureau and others to address those concerns before any type of mandate were to take effect." FL 8 FEED•LOT  February 2018 MANAGEMENT Industry Eyeing ELD Mandate and Long Term Waiver By JILL J. DUNKEL Specializing In: • Turn-Key Feedyard Construction • Hog Site Construction • Complete Dairy Construction • Sprinkler System • CAD Design • GPS Survey • Slipform Concrete Feedbunks • Dirtwork of All Types • Laser-Equipped Machinery • All types of Fencing Phone: 800-536-2634 maxjantzexcavating.com

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