ELD Waiver Extension for Livestock Passes Senate
August 3, 2018

Sen. Deb Fischer (Neb.) this week praised the Senate's passage of her amendment that would extend the electronic logging device waiver for livestock haulers by one year, while she continues working to make the hours-of-service requirements more flexible.

She worked closely with Senate Commerce Committee leadership, Chairman John Thune and Ranking Member Bill Nelson, to include her ELD amendment in the Minibus Appropriations bill that passed the Senate. After bringing concerns about the inflexibility of hours-of-service requirements to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in August of 2017, Fischer held subsequent meetings with leadership at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stress the need for flexibility in this area.

The agency extended the temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for agriculture and livestock haulers while it continued reviewing its guidance. In May, FMCSA issued its guidance on hours-of-service requirements that provided some flexibility for truckers, including livestock haulers.

"The American Sheep Industry Association is appreciative of Sen. Fischer's leadership on this issue, as it has far-reaching effects on our producers," said ASI President Mike Corn of New Mexico.