Existing/New Waivers: Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Requirements for Agriculture Transporters

 Effective immediately through June 18, 2018, the existing waiver from the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) requirements for all transporters of agricultural commodities, including livestock, will remain in effect. Livestock and insect haulers are not required to comply with the ELD rule for the duration of the FY 2018 appropriations bill (September 30, 2018), and any subsequent continuing resolutions. For more information visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/livestock-and-insect-haulers or email agricultural@dot.gov.

More specifically, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The agency determined that the waiver is in the public interest and will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, based on the terms and conditions imposed. Per the agency, “the waiver provides the agency additional time to complete its analysis of the public responses to its December 20, 2017, notice of proposed regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability of the "Agricultrural commodity" exception to the hours-of-service regulations and issue final guidance which in turn, would have an impact on which drivers transporting agricultural commodities are required to use the ELD rule.”

The agency determined through its preliminary analysis of the public comments submitted to the public dockets that the issues raised by transporters of agricultural commodities are more complex than those raised by other segments of the industry seeking relief from the ELD requirements and that it is appropriate to take additional time to bring these matters to closure.