ELD Mandate Delayed Again for Livestock
March 16, 2018

Responding to a letter signed by more than 40 stakeholders - including the American Sheep Industry Association - the Department of Transportation has issued another 90-day extension exempting agricultural haulers from new electronic logging regulations.

The extension was crucial because congressional language concerning the issue isn't expected to be passed before the previous exemption expires next week. Hear more about the latest developments on this issue in this week's SheepCast segment at http://sheepusa.org/Newsmedia_AsiSheepcast.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined the ag industry in applauding the extension.

"The ELD mandate imposes restrictions upon the agriculture industry that lack flexibility necessary for the unique realities of hauling agriculture commodities," he said. "If the agriculture industry had been forced to comply by the March 18 deadline, live agricultural commodities, including plants and animals, would have been at risk of perishing before they reached their destination. The 90-day extension is critical to give DOT additional time to issue guidance on hours-of-service and other ELD exemptions that are troubling for agriculture haulers."

ASI will continue to monitor this issue as it pertains to hauling livestock.