ASI Works to Secure Relief for Livestock Haulers
September 15, 2017
While the American Sheep Industry Association was able to work collaboratively to secure exemptions to the Hours of Service regulations in July ensuring current exemptions for livestock haulers remain in place during the transition from paper to electronic logging, continued efforts are necessary to maintain these provisions in both regulation and statute.
Despite the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recognition of necessary exemptions for livestock haulers, a delay in the overall implementation of the Electronic Logging Device requirement remains needed. Neither the electronic logging equipment, nor drivers and law enforcement are currently prepared for the implementation of these new regulations.
“Prematurely enforcing the electronic logging device mandate would result in increased confusion by both livestock haulers and enforcement officials,” said ASI President Mike Corn. “We are already seeing concern over the logging mandate among livestock haulers and with a nationwide shortage of drivers, our industry cannot afford any disruption to the current system. The health and welfare of millions of animals transported daily is at stake and it’s critical we get these regulations right.”
ASI continues to work with the livestock, poultry and aquaculture industries to secure an exemption from the Dec. 18, 2017, implementation date of the Electronic Logging Device and Hours of Service regulations for livestock haulers at both the agency and through the transportation appropriations process.